“How have you been an artist today?” is the question that forms the backbone of Michael Smit’s socially focused project. With it, this Dutch artist manifests his interest in renegotiating the role of art in the world at large. The process-based intervention goes something like this: Smit and his assistants engage the question in conversations with people in various (and mostly public) sites. For this exhibition, he brings the ongoing and almost organically evolving investigation, one that relies on the participation of viewers like you, into the gallery, a place where thoughts about creative practices are in a rare position in the foreground.

It is the specific query as much as the relational process that Smit is interested in. There are aspects of conceptualism, performance art, self-empowerment, research, and socio-political critique in the way this project takes exhibition form. His installation room is an environment that seems equally utilitarian and artistic. Similarly, his work seeks change like the art of Beuys, and is situated in the margins like that of Gonzales-Torres. Smit’s primary intention is to invite a creative relationship with the world. To consider his question will hopefully spur new awareness of the practical power of art. Whether we term ourselves artists or not, there is always a way in which we face the world and create meaning that can be considered artwork. Sometimes we just need someone to remind us of the fact.