Written in 2005 and unpublished until now, The Artist as Spectator is conceived as a flux, a collection of thoughts that accompany the work of Pedro Barateiro: “I will be re-writing my own words for the rest of my life, that’s for sure. I will go on for my own reasons, creating my own language.”
A work which delineates, above all, a reflexive act and possibility of a “release from seizure,” departing from the awareness that we are all coopted into the logic of the Market/Spectacle that art, in some way, foretells. The invitation is therefore that of recovering the gaze toward ourselves and the world, always staying on the scene of the crime, always on the verge of disappearance. The object, the video, the artistic means becomes a gun pointed to the temple: we can wait for something (the world, time) to change, or decide to aim the weapon.