What I can learn from you. What you can learn from me. (Critical Workshop)
Remai Modern, Saskatoon, Canada
January 27 - Feb. 25, 2018
As part of the inaugural exhibition Field Guide, Thomas Hirschhorn has produced an immersive Critical Workshop at Remai Modern. What I can learn from you. What you can learn from me. is the artist’s first “Presence and Production” project in Canada. Hirschhorn has completely transformed the Connect Gallery into a workshop space where he invites people to share their knowledge, skills and histories with one another.
"The idea, the philosophy, the guideline, the affirmation of this workshop is: To share the PARTICULAR and by sharing it, making it UNIVERSAL. Because everybody can learn something from the Other. And because everybody can teach the Other something specific. “What can I learn from you. What can you learn from me.” is the affirmation that there is something to share, which goes beyond all differences, beyond all particularities. I want to understand learning as sharing. Sharing something with the other is an act of generosity because what is shared allows the Other to learn. What is learned is something I did not expect to learn, I did not need to learn, I did not want to learn. I learned it because somebody made the gesture of sharing it to me. She/he taught me something because her/his competence. She/he didn’t teach me because it was important to me, but because it was important for her or for him. Therefore, it can, also, become important to me. Nothing is of no importance, everything can be important, everything can become important. I want to define the act of sharing—a work, a skill, a thought, an experience—as an act of competence. We/I will share what I/we am/are competent for. We/I must ourselves/myself decide what I am competent of. To be competent means to take responsibility. I want to create the conditions in which to share our competences, all kind of competences we own, as human beings. “What can I learn from you. What can you learn from me.” reflects the ambition and the attempt to create a universal work of art."
— Thomas Hirschhorn