Introduction to David Kareyan’s “Pure Creativity” and Hratch Armenakyan’s “Post-Art Situation: Logical Syntax”

The two texts presented here were written by members of conceptual artists’ group ACT operating in Armenia in 1994–1996. The group developed affirmative artistic actions and exhibitions to support the constitution of the new state based on the principles of liberal democracy and market capitalism. Its conceptual interventions and actions, both in conventional spaces of exhibition, but also on the street and in the already dysfunctional factories, were often formally minimal and austere, but almost always prescriptive in terms of offering a model of political and aesthetic participation.

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