Your research starts from setting yourself up in a new environment that relates to your next direction. And then find what to research further.
When I lived in Brussels 6 years ago, I had no idea how to get into the fine art industry. I asked my fine artist friend what I should do to get out from the clueless state. Here’s what he told me.
Put yourself in an art-related environment. Work in a shared studio, go to art events and make artist friends.
I wasn’t 100% convinced by the idea back then. I was like, “But I just need to get to know with potential business partners”. So instead of following his advice, I had been trying to figure out by myself; searching the Internet.
But I was wrong.
I stuck up in a loop of uncertainty, and I ended up running in the circuit for years and years. So I finally lift my ass to follow his advice — I flew to Berlin, signed up for my place in an artists’ studio. But a part of me was still sceptical about it - like, “Only changing environment won’t change anything about me.”
However, after a few weeks, I noticed that I was getting out from the circuit. It’s because I got clarity of what I wanted to do and what I should do. I learnt it though being with other artists, seeing what they do and discussing many things with them.