An Artistic, Strategic Response to Sol LeWitt’s Instructions and Dada manifesto

I took three approaches to work on the strategy prototype and finally wrote instructions for the last one:

Choices shape our lives as we grow, from simple ones such as what all toppings to have on a pizza to substantial ones like deciding a major for master’s degree. This could set a platform to write instructions for a prototype that is generated based on the choices a user makes. It will be an attempt to consequently produce a piece of art that addresses:
1. Why a person appreciates a certain type(s) of Art,
2. What makes one ‘lose interest’ in certain types of art, assuming that as kids we are open to try out all genres and mediums to produce and appreciate art?
Maybe I will work on this concept throughout this semester.

Moving to New York City from an altogether different culture made me spot a number of interesting differences in daily lifestyle of the people. It will be worth a try to write instructions to create a piece of art that highlights the cross-cultural differences that arise as different cultures have different takes on consumption and production of daily goods.

As a response to Dada manifesto and Sol LeWitt’s instructions I thought of creating a strategy prototype that involves art production with repetitive mechanical steps. I am also interested in looking into the results when the final piece of art completely lacks any skilful inputs and relies completely on instructions that could be followed even by a person without any taste of aesthetics. The final artwork, taking inspiration from parts of Dada manifesto, might even look ‘meaningless’ by virtue of the formal attributes alone, and its value would be in the intellectual interpretation.

1. Get a new sketchbook and a pencil.
2. On page 1, draw a free hand circle with any radius.
3. Draw another free hand circle outside the earlier one, and make sure the two circles touch each other.
4. Keep on drawing circles till the page is full.
5. Repeat steps 2 to 4 for all the next pages of the book.
6. Gift it to a close friend of yours on their birthday.

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