The project is a work in progress, and my focus is finding an answer to the trigger which activates our love for knowledge. I have interviewed artists from around the world on a residency program Cultivamos Cultura in Sao Luish (Portugal), asking them when did they fall in love with knowledge, what is knowledge and which subject would they invent and introduce into the school curriculum. I am searching for the period of time when we discovered and started to yearn for knowledge. Was it in the time when we were educated? Or later in life? How to awake person’s desire for new knowledges that can be used on a daily basis? The project is a critique of existing school systems, which are constructed on information recipience, without their practical use.
With this space intervetion I want to encourage people of all ages to tell me a story about their creative strategys, that stimulates them to open creative channels applicable in practical life. When I collected people’s statements I wrote them down on the stones that I removed and put back in the sidewalk. These are some of their thougts:
Knowledge comes from my interacting with the world. Gail Hocking
Knowledge is pattern seeking: lost and found and lost and found. Before I knew what knowledge was and everytime ideas syncronize for me for the first time. Sarah Hermanutz
Knowledge is a process that takes the mistakes from the future and moves them into the past, they skip the future. Nenad Popov
Knowledge is an illusion that destroys previous ilussions. It is oximoronic endles task which allows us to turn unknown unknowns into something else, expending our awareness of our own ignorance. Manuel Furtado
Special thanks to Martha De Menezes and Cultivamos Cultura.