The old regime of normative art is to be destroyed. John Baldessari was the first to realise this, he burned all of his paintings.

But today, many years after Baldessari burned his own work. There is a new normative regime taking over. It is therefore our duty to destroy this new normative regime to make place for new art practices.

#01 Loading the archive onto the USB.
#02 Stefan consuming the USB.
#03 Stefan pooped out the USB in this container.
#04 We have failed in finding Baldessari's work.
#05 - Package for Baldessari, containing the container which contains the shit, the USB, the letter we wrote and the four previous photographs.
[Transcript of the letter to Baldessari]

Dear John Baldessari,

We will not make any more conceptual art and we think you ought to be the first to know it. You might ask why. To begin with, we find ourselves in the same situation in which you were back in the 60s. At that time you were a painter who was tired of the art regime your work embodied. You decided to destroy and cremate all of the paintings done in tune with the normative practice of that regime. And you did right. The collection of personal paintings you had was an archive of that artistic discourse. As Michel Foucault, one of the most influential critical thinkers of our times, once mentioned, the archive functions as a system of accumulated statements in which the latter are grouped, composed and maintained acoording to certain specific regularities in order to make them enunciable and visible. He conceived the statement as an event - unique still subjected to repition, transformation or reactivation - that exists in a residual form in memory or recording materials, like books, photographs, videos, audio tracks and in your case paintings. For Foucault, the statement should be regarded as the core unit of discourse. Or, to put it in his more metaphorical vocabulary, "a seed that appears on the surface of a tissue of which it is the constituent element. The atom of discourse." Undoubtedly, the archive is a political instrument. It helps create groups, classes, segregations, between artworks and artists that state and see and those that don't. In our opinion by destroying and cremating the paintings from your archive you opened up a space for the emergence of a new type of art discourse. You transformed the regularities upon which art is classified. This new discourse has been often referred to as conceptual art and it is what we are tired of. Your first statement in the constitution of the new regime was: "I will not make any more boring art". Subsequently our statement is: "We will not make any more conceptual art".
Since your strategy has been so successful and you didn't seem tired of the new regime we thought of following your example and do the work for you. So we planned to destroy your archive of conceptual art. But you sold most of your artworks, maybe that's why you're not tired, and they are now sparsed throughout the world in private and public collections. Lacking the financial resources to gather them we found ourselves overwhelmed with the task. The only possibility we had left was that of collecting and archiving some of the traces left by circulation of the work you made. In this vein you participated in some video and book projects that aimed at amassing all of the marks left behind by your work. Still you had no intention of destroying them and from a rational stance it would have been absurd to do that. Under these circumstances we had to rely on magic and modern technology to make your art disappear. For a while our workspace was a blog where we made our statements and archived yours. We then transferred everything on a USB stick which was ingested by one of us. The scope was that of performing a ritual where the body invokes a powerful spirit who will rematerialize the stick in perishable feces. Magic was defeated by modern technology. Our body was unable to digest the plastic and metal atoms from the composition of the tool we used. We failed. Nonetheless, we decided to position a container with the feces and the USB stick next to one of your artworks owned by S.M.A.K, the museum of contemporary art in Ghent, Belgium, hoping that our object will contaminate your artwork. We failed again. Your work was not on display. It is stored somewhere in the museum and we didn't have access to it. And even if we could have accessed it what were the chances of anything happening?
You will find in the package we sent, next to this letter, photographs that document our attempt and the feces container. In it, there is the USB stick on which you can access a pdf file with a suggestive selection of the content of our workspace. We'll post this letter on the blog (http;//archiveprjct.blogspot.be/), delete everything else and await for a reply from you. We think you will be motivated by our failure and inspired to make what we aimed at happening. Let us know as soon as possible what you will decide to do.

Best regards,
Marnicq Roebben & Stefan Voicu

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