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11-18 November 2011

 


 
Zero

Joâo Maria Gusmâo , Pedro Paiva, Falling Potato, 2010.
Courtesy the artist and Zero, Milan

Zero

Joâo Maria Gusmâo, Pedro Paiva

It is obvious, at least for anyone who is not entirely absent minded, that there are 2 sorts of people: the intelligent and the stupid, but, not being so obvious from one’s own standpoint, I suggest we should keep our minds open to those people that, by force of exception, tend to fall outside general rules and for that reason stand on the middle ground between those 2 other kinds of people: the stupid and the intelligent. What may be sound advice with those whom we share our intimacy is the following recommendation: don’t walk around with priests, either intelligent or stupid ones. You should also know that this hidden sacred nature of people, their priesthood, is not at all evident. They are in disguise. These holy saints of stupidity, in the case they are intelligent, or angels of wisdom, in the case they are dim-witted, most of all, tend to take care of their own flock, so if you stand on the middle ground you should be safe, at least some part of the day. To avoid all this smart talk, I must keep in mind what brought me here in the first place: they have asked me to make a contribution to enlighten people about our research. As it is profoundly disrespectful to my strong belief that I’m neither intelligent nor stupid and that this extreme middle ground state of consciousness is rather obtuse towards predicative speeches, I strongly recommend you to figure it out for yourself.


João Maria Gusmão (b. 1979) Pedro Paiva, (b. 1977),
live and work in Lisboa, Portugal.