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Do It (Home) Art Project


Texto de Heike Dempster
Senior Public Relations Manager

As many around the world are experiencing social distancing and orders to stay at home, ICI is re­launching do it (home). A version of do it envisioned by Hans Ulrich Obrist in 1995 and produced by ICI, do it (home) assembled a set of artists instructions that could easily be realized in one’s own home. Since then, “do it has always taken place in public and in private—spheres of life that for many have coalesced in recent months,” says Obrist.

This new version of the project is a growing selection of instructions distributed online, and simultaneously through over 30 collaborat­ing art spaces from within ICI’s international network. It contains existing and newly com­missioned contributions by artists, currently available in English and Spanish.

Do it (home) will take you away from your screens, and recreate an art experience at home. You will respond to the artist’s call, fol­low their lead, enter their world, and realize an artwork on their behalf. When you’re ready to return to the screen, share that you did it! Make connections with other doers on Instagram, #doithome

In 1993, Obrist together with artists Christian Boltanksi and Bertrand Lavier, conceived do it, an exhibition based entirely on artists’ instruc­tions, which could be followed to create tempo­rary art works for the duration of a show. do it has challenged traditional exhibition formats, questioned authorship, and championed art’s ability to exist beyond a single gallery space.

Since do it began, many new versions have appeared, including do it (museum), do it (tv), and do it (in school). Over time, do it has grown from 12 to over 400 sets of artists’ instruc­tions, and has been shown in more than 150 art spaces in over 15 countries.

Artists Include: Etel Adnan, Sophia Al Maria, Uri Aran, Arca, Nairy Baghramian, Christian Boltanski, Meriem Bennani, Geta Bratescu, Critical Art Ensemble, Jimmie Durham, Tork­wase Dyson, Tracey Emin, Simone Forti, Liam Gillick, Joseph Grigely, Shilpa Gupta, Koo Jeong- A, David Lamelas, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Lucy R. Lippard, Cildo Meireles, Jonas Mekas, Albert Oehlen, Precious Okoyomon, Füsun Onur, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Philippe Par­reno, Thao Nguyen Phan, Marjetica Potrc, Raqs Media Collective, Pascale Marthine Tayou, and Carrie Mae Weems

do it (home) is curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and produced by Independent Curators Inter­national (ICI), New York. do it (home) is made available to art spaces internationally free of charge, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, with the support of ICI’s Board of Trustees, con­tributors to ICI’s Access Fund, and the Jeanne and Dennis Masel Foundation. do it (home) version: 5.7.2020.


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