1. A lot read
Often modern visual practices imply a specific humanitarian background. You need to read a lot and continuously: philosophy, anthropology, cultural studies, literature, physics… the point is not to grieve over the unreadable Telecom and Guattari (the French philosopher. — Approx. ELLE), it will come later, and regularly discover new characters in the history of culture and philosophy. Just start with “Fragments of speech lover” Barthes or Benjamin, more — more. If you know one or more foreign languages, that gives a great freedom of choice literature: from reading the diaries of artists to specialized publications like Artforum, Artreview, October, or Flash Art.
2. A lot of watching
The main task — to educate their own eyes, who to a certain time acquires such a number of visual habits that fighting them is more like strength training. Look constantly: albums, catalogs… Go to shows, every trip to format a business trip or vacation should be without a Museum, galleries, etc. Try to get at Frieze or Art Basel, make a long-term plan of visiting all the major world museums of contemporary art: the Tate, MoMA, New Museum, Whitney and on to infinity.
3. A lot of chat
Talk, communicate with the neophytes or professionals from the art. Any conversation cements and secures your personal experience, detects the strength of your position and the value of acquired knowledge or experience. There is nothing more effective, valuable and exciting than have a serious conversation with colleagues and friends about the nature of the process.
Contemporary art is the most open and accessible system of the language to learn easily. This is not an elite community of professionals who see the sense in “two sticks and bricks music”, and the widest circle of people that open the heart and head, starting the independent and disinterested “watching, feeling” and thinking.