W&L was a visual-musical, anti-artistic collective active between the years 1990 – 1994, comprised of Hassan, Cyrul Duhe, Lietzau and various guests.
It did not have a precise agenda like other groups, but a few common traits can be identified:
- Complete opposition to art and its canon, equally as against art institutions as amateur artists and contemporaries
- Mocking the avant-garde genre as a means for artists to cover their lack of ideas and mediocrity
- Mocking artistic education where ‘the chosen ones’ ‘educate’ ‘the clueless’
- Mocking small-town culture and old fashioned consumption of art
- Mocking the new wave of ‘anti-art’, which includes the collective mocking its own ways.
- Unveiling buffoonery in art, practised under the guise of intellect.
- Lack of ‘greater artistic mission’ or will to sell people on their ideas
- Lack of contact with media and the critics as part of the agenda
- Absolute belief in own superior genius and brilliance
- Free will of expression and illogicality, as well as the means to justify any and all of their actions
- Playing ‘artist’ as someone ‘special’ in society
- Being non-artists
- Creation and destruction as means of self-expression
- Emphasizing their individuality inside the group: a member of the collective adhered to no internal rules or pressure
- Resilience against fashion and artistic trends
- Opposition to technological progress and professionalism in various areas of life
- Opposition to universal commercialisation, including that of the avant-garde genre
- Opposition to political systems which exploit and destroy one’s individuality as it must be surrendered to the system
- The collective was involved in:
- Creation of music and sound, as well as concerts in venues and outdoors
- Events and performances with presentation of painting (in liberal use of the word), collections of sounds, artistic installations, assemblage
- Creation of objects, annexation of material space for their own purposes, then destroying all of that as well
- Undefined activity in and out of art galleries
- Campaigns and performances in public places without official approval
- Inviting others to collaborate and operate together
In 1994 the collective fell apart, destroying (nearly) all of their legacy in the process: paintings, artefacts, photos, audio & video tapes and the documentation of own actions all fell victims of burning in a fire after being deemed mistakes in history.
This page contains the materials which miraculously survived – only because they happened to be in someone else’s possession.