EXPLORE/2016/NULLA DIES SINE LINEA
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The creative mind often relies on rituals to enable it to retreat, draw inspiration from what it has sensed and create new forms. As the name of this exhibition implies, daily practice might be one of those rituals. But today’s fast-paced, digital age distracts with constant connectivity to the outer world. Observing, feeling, listening, contemplating and reacting––at times all at once––require full engagement of the senses. Conscious discipline becomes essential to access one's inner world.
NULLA DIES SINE LINEA is conceived as an open-ended exhibition that examines the idea of the ‘practiced mind’ as a path to inspiration. “No day without a line [drawn]“ is a saying attributed by Pliny the Elder to the ancient Greek painter Apelles, who was famously diligent in practicing his art every day. In this spirit, our show aims to examine the habits and practices used by agile thinkers to stay connected, or ‘in line,’ with the sublime. If this 'line’ represents a kind of key to the creative self, questions arise: What state of mind is necessary to come up with an idea for an artwork, a musical composition, the next sentence or verse, or a new theory? How does one access it on a regular basis? Most importantly, what role does daily routine play?
We have invited artists, authors, scientists, philosophers and doyens to share their practices with us and contribute to our experimental show. SATELLITE BERLIN’s space will be transformed into something unknown to us at the outset. The space will become a threshold to the creative process––rooms in which to listen, to gain insight into fertile minds or to enter one’s own. The walls may be filled with one word or one hundred, images or a description of one. Sounds may be heard. Books may be displayed or read from. Objects may be built or delivered, placed on the floor or hung from the ceiling. Installation begins on the 10th of February and continues throughout the duration of the exhibition, the space evolving in appearance as contributions are made. Regular updates will be made to a dedicated webpage with illustrations and explanations; comments will be welcome.
In the end, the show's final incarnation depends entirely on the individuals participating, what practices help center them and how they choose to portray them in the space. The contributions will visually conjoin and overlap to form an installation which, in the richness of the many voices heard, reflects the variety of stillness that are the origins of individual creativity.