failure institute, a week in Luxembourg

I gave a performative talk in Luxembourg as part of Independent Little Lies' residency, Krisounours. A month of intensive failure studies at KulturFabrik. This was the very end:

Eduardo Galleano writes of Utopia: "Utopia is on the horizon. When I walk two steps, it takes two steps back. I walk ten steps and it is ten steps further away. What is Utopia for? It is for this, for walking."

We donʼt keep our failures handy. I havenʼt made a collection of my own failures, not really, itʼs hard to remember them. We donʼt remember to keep our failure ready--itʼs best they are left behind as as not to make us fearful of progress or unsteady on our feet--we remember only the largest, the ones that urge us to better days and loftier ideals and press us to improve.

Because you asked me, I had to explain, because I had to explain I thought about it carefully, because I thought about it carefully I understand it better now and in new ways. Failure does the same thing. This talk canʼt do everything, itʼs just a couple of pixels that make up the full array available in failure. I havenʼt done justice to disgrace or transgression.

Mine was the only heart not beating in unison.

I can think of a lot of failure thatʼs absolutely necessary including failure to just stand by and watch injustice taking place. Failure to keep quiet.
Failure is connected with the future and with prediction--there is no failure without expectation.
 Ellude expectation, is it possible?

What is failure to me? Iʼm not an engineer, I donʼt build bridges. I am a bridge.

Tags: failure, Luxembourg

Posted on Monday, 29 July 2013 by Karen Christopher