The Obstacle is Tautology

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The Obstacle is Tautology
Curated by: Amir Mogharabi

54 King Street, Parlor Floor
New York, NY 10014
January 5th, 2010 - February 6th, 2010
Opening: January 5th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

12-6pm Friday and Saturday


Front Desk Apparatus is pleased to present the second iteration  of 'The Obstacle is Tautology,' an ongoing project organized  by artists Benoit Maire and Amir Moqharabi. Originally  held in Vilnius, Lithuania, 'The Obstacle is Tautology' is repeated  in different forms and locations. Each iteration, takes  as its organizing principle, the successive content of an  overarching conversation between the two artists.

A tautology [both a symbolic statement that is true by way of  deductive logic, and a superfluous statement rendered arbitrary  by its repetition] poses problems pivotal for commencing  a paradigm shift away from the tenets of conceptual art.  Although the existence of a tautology cannot be empirically  asserted in the world, it is still apprehended by reason as  an idea, as an object of the intellect, as pure referent repeated  into being.

As such, there exists a disparity between reason and experience,  whereby reason serves the imperative for what is otherwise  impossible to define, impossible to objectify. And yet,  we go on lying, we go on defining, we go on asking and answering  why, we go on categorizing; when our responsibility may  precisely be, to undermine the logic of experience, undermine  the logic of love and the disambiguation of poetry. To resolve  our ongoing dissatisfaction with explanations, by not asking  for any more than what art has to offer as a limitless medium  in itself, or beside itself.  As a younger woman, or an older one.  Either, or.


With a special performance by Alison Knowles on Janurary 5, 2010