Praxis

The work of Praxis is often ephemeral and not object oriented.

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Using the rhetoric of systems management, Praxis describes itself as a "software development team" that uses the bodies of Bajo and Carey as hosts with which to test their operating systems. By receiving the benefits of The New Economy project, participants become a part of Praxis' performance, and so choose to "download" the "shareware" created by Bajo and Carey, thereby integrating the altruistic spirit of Praxis into their own "systems."

Though Praxis' language is contemporary, the character of its project draws on strategies from experimental performance art of the 1960s and 70s. Through direct, yet intimate interactions with the public, for example, the New Economy project recalls the activities of Fluxus, the radical network of visionary artists who sought to change political, social as well as aesthetic perception through performances that were often absurd and shocking in appearance yet historically pivotal at the same time.

It also recalls the ideas of the artist and influential teacher Joseph Beuys, whose notion of "social sculpture" substituted the traditional understanding of sculpture, and art more generally, as fixed material objects for a definition of ephemeral actions and processes that could transform everyday lives. In analogous ways, Praxis, through their interactive, nurturing performances, offers alternative modes of economic and social exchange that serve as a comforting antidote to the potentially alienating effects of today's world often dominated by technology and consumerism. ---> Debra Singer



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