Today was spring bank holiday so artsdepot was closed. I nevertheless woke up at eight in the morning again; way earlier than what I usually do. You see? I am a night owl, involuntarily unable to fall asleep when most people can take it no further. Anyway, The day was slowly spent taking care of things at home: fixing our bicycles, making more bread, preparing some garlic-infused olive oil and, finally, making a tiny video related to a concern recently raised at "the bag".
I cycle everywhere, whether it is raining, snowing, or meteors are falling, or even if Gozila decides to use the shard as a toothpick, after having eaten Buckingham Palace. Despite that, my bicycle has been down since friday - a day before the installation - when I had an accident which rendered unusable both the front wheel and the back break. That was the reason why I have been going up to Finchley by tube, something which I never really do at all. Actually, I have been noticing my skin becomes all grubby and somewhat burnished from the underground's air... Not a nice thing at all!
I took Sara's bike to get the new parts for mine and, along the way I noticed hers also needed some fixing, so I brought us some extra parts and refurbished both! Since I felt the DIY mode was to last, so I spent the day taking care of a whole bunch of other things, whilst letting myself be infused with Sara's research for her own exhibition, which she is showing in July. Amongst many other topics, the complex problematics of international land-grabbing was the day's main order, which reminded me of one of the texts some visitors have listened to whilst fighting against problems related to power dynamics.
When someone says that they have a problem, you imagine perhaps that they are stuck with a complicated situation, that something is tricky, sticky, or even 'funny'. We feel as though life stops before a problem, as things get entangled and cease to work. It is a blockage, a barrier, an insurmountable impossibility!
However, the idea of a problem is actually based on an action and, in fact, a quite physical one. The Greek verb probállō is composed by pro- (forwards) and bállō (to throw). So, in PROBLEM, Rodrigo challenges you to rescue the proactive nature of what problems should be. Throw some punches at your own problems! In this interactive audiovisual installation, name any problem you may have: "My tea is cold", "Brexit gives me headaches", "Loneliness", "Sneaky pesticides in my food", "I can't find my socks", "Social inequality" etc.
Problem is a call to action, and a reminder, for we often forget we have a body; one that is simultaneously physical, biological, animal, social, cultural, political… From the smallest to the biggest, from the simplest to the most complex, abstract or unfathomable, every problem is welcome to be thrown forwards, towards a sense of unity.