A T.A.Z. is a liberated area “of land, time or imagination” where one can be for something, not just against, and where new ways of being human together can be explored and experimented with. Locating itself in the cracks and fault lines in the global grid of control and alienation, a T.A.Z. is an eruption of free culture where life is experienced at maximum intensity. It should feel like an exceptional party where for a brief moment our desires are made manifest and we all become the creators of the art of everyday life.
“There is no formula for success: no way to say first you do this, then that, then this. Shit happens. Shit happens to you and because of you and around you, and in the end you find yourself in some place you never expected to be.”—Marian Bantjes, brilliant as ever (via explore-blog)
At this precise moment I can attest to how true this is. It sounds nice, but the stumbling is in no way fun… however, it does make sense for you to stumble upon the place you have not yet seen. And yes, therein lies your treasure.
…The enemy of the artist is the smalltime Ego, which begets Resistance,
which is the dragon that guards the gold. That’s why an artist must be a
warrior and like all warriors, artists over time acquire modesty and
humility. They may, some of them, conduct themselves flamboyantly in
public. But alone with the work they are chased and humble. They know they
are not the sources of the creations they bring into being. They only
facilitate. they carry. They are the willing and skilled instruments of
the gods and goddesses they serve.…
Once art is freed from the canvas and the dealer and the gallery, it gains enormous power… Anyone liberated from the assembly line and given a job where at least part of the time they decide, “what’s next,” has been given a charter to do art, to explore and discover and to create an impact.
Art is the work of a human, an individual seeking to make a statement, to cause a reaction, to connect. Art is something new, every time, and art might not work, precisely because it’s new, because it’s human and because it seeks to connect.