Roman Ondák often uses his artistic interventions to blur the boundaries between art and reality. For Teaching to Walk (2002), every day during this exhibition a mother is invited to come to the theater space and to help her child to take its first steps. The work thus evokes a short-lived but essential moment in the life of a human being. Ondák wants us to discover this instant, not by representing it, but by involving us in it. As an artist he therefore declines to use any specific mediatory tool: he prefers to let life enter the art space directly. By shifting one context to another, the theater (which in this situation has already been transformed into an exhibition space) becomes the setting for a particular trivial pursuit; hence, we, the public, are invited to view the stage as the venue of an eternal apprenticeship. thisistomorrow.info

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