Residency artists and researchers Marika Troili & Mirko Nikolić artists TO HOW HOW KNOW how to know how HOW KNOW TO HOW NO HOW TO NO no how to no TO HOW HOW KNOW how to know how HOW KNOW TO HOW NO HOW TO NO improving emotions, reactions, destructions, distractions, or living with self-help literature at the edge of wilderness One manifestation of the individualising tendencies of today is self-help literature. Texts from which one learns to heal and fashion oneself, ultimately one learn how to change oneself, to be molded to better fit into a contemporary way of life that encourages flexibility, positivity and other virtues of globally-networked individuals. We will use a selection of self-help books to try to single out the requirements of this contemporary subjectivity and, in view of these, to develop tactics of (self-)resistance. Our work will begin with us trying to improvise ‘improvement’ following the guidelines of the books. We think that when we have learned how to, we have also learned how not to. The project is not ironic but is rather willing to test affirmative reversal as a method. We would like to evolve the idea of what an inversed robinson crusoe would be, because we should get beyond or before survival as the ultimate horizon of life. To learn these how(-not)-to’s will involve daily practice of both body and mind, individually and collectively, elaborating ‘technologies of the self’, reflexive and oblique (self-/group-)analysis, plural writing, joint listening, tactics of living post-usership and post-profit, to begin with.