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OUR COLUMNIST AVILA THINKS THAT KUSAMA’S WORK IS UNACCEPTABLE:

‘Yayoi Kusama’s ‘I Who Have Arrived To Be a Complete Asshole’ Exhibition remarks some people’s interest for incentivizing the human ability of being brain-dead.

A Spanish proverb says that the Devil knows more for being old than for being a Devil. It is ordinarily believed, that to be in possession of knowledge means to be certain of the truth, facts, and experiences, which a person is aware of due to acquiring information. Likewise, we say that a person is intelligent when he perceives the meaning of the truth, and manages to juggle in his mind the information quickly towards a specific end. If we follow the common understanding of these words, we can deduce from the previous sentences that there is a close relation between knowledge and intelligence. That puzzles me, because in my experience the result of connecting the meaning of those two words is far different from what I could expect.

Imagine that knowledge is the basket where we place the items that we have chosen from the shelves in the grocery store, and intelligence is what we do with those items once we get home. What we do, and how we do it, is intrinsically related to our experience made up of observation and participation on past events. If we want to make an omelette, we better break, beat, and fry the eggs, in a particular order learned previously. That learning process presents itself as an upside down pyramid from the beginning of our lives until we reach our deaths. From the openness of our youths, we establish connections with our surroundings in a network of limited knowledge, but supported by practice and repetition. Inside the inverted pyramid that we build through our lives, we set up steps and ladders that connect our experiences based on a wide range of influences that determine our actions. Thus, understanding becomes a process, a set of movements between different points in our minds, usually conducted at the speed of light. The more complicated a thought is, the more steps are required to achieve our goal presenting us with two options: one is to simplify our way up the ladder by linking fewer steps that contain more information on the subject utilizing our imagination. The other option requires speed and stamina to reach our objective as quickly as possible. In another words, Yayoi Kusama’s ‘I Who Have Arrived To Be a Complete Asshole’ Exhibition wants us to “stay put” or to remain in a fixed or established position sucking our thumb, and in my art book that is not acceptable…’