Why Contemporary Art is Outdated?

“Contemporary Art” is the art being made now. For this reason, most people conceive of Contemporary Art as lasting forever. But a century from now, will it still make sense to call art “contemporary”? When is the turning point that art begins to become something else? Is this “turning point” already underway?

The proposition of this exhibition is that Contemporary Art shifts when it incorporates a long-term mentality. In the same way that a flower blossoms with the passage of time, artwork that proposes cultural transformation also needs time to grow and become a part of the culture itself. Thus work that has incorporated a long-term mentality can only “flourish” and become art in the future. Does it still make sense to call it “contemporary” if its goal is not in its own present? Which artwork are those?  

This is a open and collective project.
Sprout up!

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When we cultivate a garden, the contemporary moment is always very important - as regularly water and nurture the plants - but is not the whole picture. A garden is inside the passage of time, and the gardener must acknowledge also it past and future. The societal shift from the Contemporary to the Floraissance happens in the same way, when the notion of time expands like in the garden and become wider.

We can say that the shift to the Floraissance is a symbolic ritual - like a birthday party - to celebrate the responsibility that the Anthropocene age has brought to us. What we do today, is also in the future.

How to think art in the Anthropocene age? The artist that since the Renaissance creates as nature can become an art-gardener that cultivates instead? A museum can become an art-vivarium? How to think about the issues of our time in the same way we think how to grow a flower in a garden?

Nevertheless, the Floraissance still a small sprout and we don’t know yet what it will become. It’s a generative process that only will grow with time and collective willingness. Sprout up!



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Why Contemporary Art is Outdated?

“Contemporary Art” is the art being made now. For this reason, mostly people thinks that Contemporary Art is forever. But, do you really think that in 100 years it will still have sense to call art “contemporary”? What is the turning point when art start to be something else? At last, is this “turning point” already happening?

This exhibition hipotesis is that Contemporary Art shifts when art incorporates a long-term mentality. In the same way that a flower grows inside the passage of time, an artwork that proposes societal trasnformation also needs to be inside the passage of time. Therefore, this work that has incorporated a long-term mentality only will become art and bloom in the future. Still have sense to call this kind of artwork “contemporary” if it goal is not in it own present?

This is a open and collective project.
Sprout up!


even is being made now, only will bloom in the future. This work that has incorporated a long-term mentality if it goal is not in it own present, still have sense to call it “Contemporary Art?”

In the same way that a flower needs time to florish, an artword that pretend to transform society also



also when was made in it own present, still have sense to call it “contemproary art?

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This exhibition’s goal is to cultivate this shift, from “Conteporary Art” to “Long-term Art” called here “Floraissance Art.” Why? We can imagine that when an artist proposes to transform society over time, this project will need a long time to be cultivated. Is not a project made to understand or question the present moment, but it is inside the passage of time, like a seed that only will bloom in the future. Like in a garden, the contemporary moment is always important, but it is not the goal.

Which artwork exceeds the timeframe of the present and proposes to indeftenely chance the collective culture within time?



until become part of the collective culture. When this happens, if happens, this proposal sprouts and become alive.



We can imagine that when an artist proposes to transform society over time, this artist have two options: or he/she can create a concept of change, or he/she can cultivate this change until becomes alive. In the second option, this person is not exactly working as an “artist”, but once the project have the intention to become part of the culture of other people, this project only will be accopmplieashied when that really takes place. When this proposal sprout and bloom. This porcess cannot be made in the Conteporary, but start to work as if the artist is an “art-gardener” that will cultvate his/her art until florish. That’s what we are calling, for now, Floraissance Art.


will work for and will cultivate this trasnformation until becomes alive in the colective culture.


is proposing a change in society, and proposes in a way that this new concep can really become part of the collcetive culture of the future,

this change could really take place and transform the collective culture of the future,





But, what happens when this art incorporarates a long-term mentality with the intention to proguesevely and indeftenely cultivate our culture to change the way we will live in the future? Thats still “Contemporary Art”?  





HOW TO BE PART?


- Joing the Floraissance Art Criticism Group.
- Hang posters in your city :)
- Share/write about the project.
- Offering a space to the exhibition.
- You name it.  



When an artwork is created with the intention to be indeftenaly developed with a long-term mentality, a work that is not connected with one particulary moment, but is inside the passgae of time, a work that pretendes to transfor something about our collective culture in the future, can it still be called “Contemporary Art”?  

Why is time to move on?


First Floraissance Art Exhibition
Public Debate: Sprout Up!






The Renaissance has become outated... the Floraissance has begun!

Which artwork do you think has transpassed what “Contemporary Art” should be and become something else? Why?

The Renaissance was motivated, among other things, by the black plague, that killed “half” of the european population and fixed the idea that science was behind the killing, not god. At the same time, Earth was not the center of the universe anymore, but was indeed spining around the sun. A group of happenings and events was called later the Renaissance, where humananistic values take place from religioes ground. A new culture based in the individual, phisical science, and laws of nature was formed. Today we live similar moment: global warmin slowly will be and harmul as the black prague was, generating inumerous political and social conflits. The Earth is no longer autonomous, eternal and mother of all things, as the anthropocene becomes more evident and humans become aware that we have power to shape it. If the Renaissance craeted the individualism, the awareness that we only can cause and solve this problem as a collective society was just created. And will slowly become more evidend when time passes. Values that started in the Renaissance that are still in place in the art world - as the the individual creation of the artist as a force of nature - are becoming outdated and giving place to something else? What are this “other” works of art that are not based in individual creation of an artist, but rather in the collective effort to shift culture? Which work of art is diffent from what we ussually do, that is doesn’t fit what should “Contemporary art” be?  What art is already beoynd that and someting else? If the Renaissance is “the re-birth of the classical knowloge”, the Floraissance is the “re-flourish of nature” in it varios forms. The planetary ecossistems are dameged and need to be cultivated and re-flourish. Our culture based on consumism is not sustainable in the long-term and need to be re-flourish. How our art will re-florish? What could be Floraissance Art?

How art will behave in the Anthropocene? The individuality that stared in the Renaissance gives place to the collectivity. The artist that could create something new just like nature give space for a new profession: the art-gardener. The Museum created to storage, preserve and show art from the past and present give space for the Vivarium, that helps to grow the culture of the future.


Send the infirmation (images, date, etc)  of this artwork to gardener@floraissance.org and the Floraissance Art Criticism Group will review it.


Join the Florassaince Art Criticism Group HERE