Baffu is participating on The Biggest Loser. In this race the challenge is to lose the most mental weight.
Baffu is to be a challenge from which we must all emerge transformed. Evolved.
You must be able to sift through the mountains of bullshit around you, and find usable, workable material, like Wall.E, and find in the wasteland, signs of intelligence.
This is why community is key. Baffu provides that platform. The Baffu artists should all read, youtube, tweet, skype, chat, watch tons of TED talks on everything from Politics to fashion, to skateboarding, to homeschooling to micro economic lending systems around the world and study current events and World History.
Because the world requires more of you than what you draw, dance, shout, film, write, perform, and or sing. It requires that your brain is highly functional and alert. And, more importantly, like gases, which are composed of highly unstable molecules, able to navigate all types of conversations, which will span cultures, age, interests, politics and perspectives.
Baffu will be, a measuring stick, with which you can measure your growth and the reduction of mental clog.
Baffu is never self-satisfied, smug or finished.
Baffu is that continuous search for an image, a word. For abstraction. Which I will dare to say, is the peak of the creative process.
“All art is an abstraction of reality.” This was what the Semiotics lecturer retorted, when we dared to say “This artist painted realism. He painted realistically. You can clearly see what he was painting. It is real.”
No! It is not. It is merely an abstraction of reality. “If it was really a woman in there, well, My God! Get her out; she must be tired of being trapped in that painting.” He would say that, and we would all laugh our silly 19 year old laughs. Realizing that his rationale is so simple, it must be right.
There are of course abstractions which look closer to reality, may mirror reality. But even reflections in the mirror are further distorted by sight.
This was what I chose to keep of what I extracted from my art school experience in Mexico. It sounds funnier in Spanish, pero ni modos.
That too, Baffu artists must learn and use a new language. I don’t mean learn Spanish or French or Mandarin. Those would be great of course, because these would open more opportunities for you. But develop your language. Have you ever heard Michael Gordon speak? He speaks his own dialect. He understands it, most of the rest of us do not.
But more importantly, he has created his own visual language. You know and recognize his work, painting or sculpture, because it is beyond a signature style. It is a discussion. Stand before it and you are wrapped in his chuckles and musings and other shit, you may never understand.
All Baffu artists should develop, use and hone the skills of their own language.
Essentially, the Baffu artists and the Baffu platform is a student who uses his/her environment as his/her classroom. It would be a meagre and inadequate explanation if I said, it is a school of hard knocks situation. It is a hot stuffy classroom, without the heavily starched uniforms. It is a classroom with a schedule and recess, but also with wifi and a laboratory.
It is where we baffu, we try, we read, we conquer our flabby minds and emerge the biggest loser!