“Unbeknownst to them, the arbitrary has multiplied singularities, but made them whatever singularities: every artist develops his or her own language and nurtures the impression of being the only one to speak it. We no longer write or create in order to intensify life, for life is no longer something we all share, something in which we all accompany one another, but an individualized affair of accumulation, labor, and self-affirmation.
We live like this with no hope for political change (however necessary) in our lives, nor a common language capable of naming this need or allowing us to define together what is particular to our present. This condition is new, no doubt unique in Western history; it is so painful and engenders such a profound solitude and loss of dignity that we sometimes catch ourselves doubting the sincerity of artworks that are created under such conditions – for we know that their fate is uncertain, and will most likely disappoint.”
Claire Fontaine, “Our Common Critical Condition,” trans. Kit Schulter, e-flux journal #73, May 19, 2016.
“Pfeifer is very specific about what he can and can’t, will and will not do. It’s a specificity that comes out of his role as a “medium” for his subjects, open to being molded by and transmitting their ideas but also subject to his own limitations and constraints.”
“But the core of Pfeifer’s value proposition to his Brazilian subjects is to expose these religious and spiritual leaders to the wider world through the episodes themselves. “Speak through me and I will give you a global audience,” as he puts it, in what itself sounds like fairly biblical phrasing.”
“A society that is functional but there are always weak points that can be attacked and it’s by understanding your own body and your own society that you can protect that weak spot.”
“Pfeifer’s pluralist vision for his work extends to a vision for society at large: “I would wish for a society where every individual can articulate their vision rather than one of 100,000 people endorsing someone to speak for them.”
“I’m happy to listen to people but I will not listen to only one person,” says Pfeifer.
Alexander Forbes, “Up and Coming: Why Artist Mario Pfeifer’s Method Might Just Change the World,” Artsy Editorial, April 13. 2016, accessed May 2, 2016.