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OPEN LETTER ON THE WITHDRAWAL FROM THE TEACH-IN ON UKRAINE | by Dmitry Vilensky

IRI shares the Declaration by Dmitry Vilensky published on Chto Delat website with the idea to open a space of critical thinking on the complex present situation that art and cultural institutions are called to face.

“With great sadness, Daria Serenko (Feminist Anti-war resistance)  and I have decided not to participate in the discussion organized by Creative Time and Vera List Center “Teach-in on Ukraine for Artists and Activists”. We want to thank Larissa Babji, Nikita Kadan, and Mykola Ridnyi for their willingness to take part in this event together with us.

After spreading information about the event on social media, Daria and I both received a lot of angry messages. The accusation was that Western experts and Russian activists would have nothing to teach about the war in Ukraine, and that especially the Russians should give their places to Ukrainian speakers in light of the current situation.

Of course, neither Daria nor I can teach anybody anything about Ukraine – just opposite, we were invited modestly to talk about the situation around anti-war protests in Russia and to show solidarity with the Ukrainian struggle.  We totally respect and understand the anger of anyone who is demanding a total and undifferentiated boycott of Russian voices in any context. There are no nuances in class war, as we used to say.

Those in Russia who have resisted the local fascist regime from the very beginning and have not received anything from it except repression, we do not need to be celebrated.

It is our privilege that we never had to speak from the position of nation, force, militarization, and violent struggle. This has never been our language of resistance. We have always spoken from the position of weakness, vulnerability and care that today is shared by all protesters in Russia and Belarus, facing draconic wartime legislation  We will continue our anti-war campaigns in all possible forms.

Today’s growing movement against the war and the fascist regime continues an age-old struggle in Russia against autocracy and colonialism. We are proud to belong to this tradition which the current regime is trying to silence and erase.

There is an old Polish slogan: For our freedom and yours (Za naszą i waszą wolność). It was first seen in 1831 at a patriotic demonstration in Warsaw, held to commemorate the Russian Decembrists. In partitioned Poland, it meant that a Polish victory would also mean liberty for the peoples of Russia–fellow inmates in that “prison house of the peoples.” The slogan made it clear: the Polish struggle for self-determination and nationhood was aimed not at the Russian people but at tsarist despotism. It was also a call to action. To be freed from serfdom at the arbitrary hands of oligarchs and bureaucrats, Russians would have to topple the regime that expands into other countries and colonizes them. This common history of struggle against Russian imperial autocracy has a colossal meaning to all “real” Russian culture–and not the one we are now “learning” about from Putin and his cronies.

Today, what we need most are discussions based on mutual respect and solidarity. We cannot participate in discussions where all Russians and everything Russian is considered as a culture of oppression and colonization. We respect this view of Ukrainian patriots at a time of fascist war, in light of all the regime’s atrocities. But we cannot agree. Silencing our common history and our emancipatory heritage is exactly what Putin is doing. Please do not help him.

Nevertheless, we support your fight; it is our fight as well. We still believe that this war is not Russia’s war, but that of PutinZ and his regime and we are grateful to you for this chance to formulate and advocate this position.

Glory to Ukraine, glory to the people of Belarus and Russia who resist, glory to anyone who does their best to stop the war and care about life not death!”

Dmitry Vilensky, 12.03.2022

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MILITANT MUTUALISM AND THE EXIT OF EMPIRE by Emanuele Braga

The internal polarization in Ukraine between pro-European nationalism and Russian nationalism, which has lasted and grown for years, does not explain the political point of the contemporary conflict. It does not explain why this conflict will go down in history for having sanctioned the end of bipolarism and the formalization of multipolarity.

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IRI AT THE DEMOCRACY PAVILION IN LJUBLJANA | with Gabriella Riccio


THE DEMOCRACY PAVILION FOR EUROPE Ljubljana, March 9-11, 2022
ZRC SAZU

The Democracy Pavilion is a conference in Ljubljana organized by L’Internationale association and Zrc Sazu . Part of the #TheEuropeanPavilion program by European Cultural Foundation

📅 March 9-11

Programme 📌 https://internationaleonline.org/programmes/the_democracy_pavilion/…

Plans for this conference were first drawn up some months ago and we doubted whether to carry it on. We decided to use this platform to stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and condemn the war.

We will begin the sessions on March 9 with news from artists and cultural workers in Ukraine and the Ukrainian diaspora, to listen to what they want and need.

Our question: what does democracy mean in these current, bleak conditions? How do we both seek to defend the limited space to think and act that we still have and push for a new sense of living well and caring for the planet we share? 

📺  online at European Cultural Foundation YT channel

Plans for the Democracy Pavilion were first drawn up some months ago. However, with the current Russian’s army invasion of Ukraine in our minds, L’Internationale association wants to use this platform to stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and condemn the military invasion that affects the lives of millions of civilians.

During the three days, we will discuss many issues of democracy, Europe, colonial legacies and contemporary empires. We will do this with Ukraine in our minds and our hearts. We share the urgency of stopping the war and we are taking the actions that are in our hands as civilians to demand an immediate end to the attacks. In addition to solidarity with those who directly suffer from Russian aggression, we also want to stand with those who resist from inside Russia and who risk their own lives and well-being to defend others. Together, we must try to use art to imagine a society that will prevent such conflicts in future, and then go on to build it. We hope our conference can contribute a little to all these urgencies.

While condemnation of the war is crucial, it is in itself only one necessary step. We also find it important to maintain the spaces for public debate and analysis of the causes of the war and the position of arts and culture when life and democratic values are under threat. In that light, we carry the pain of ongoing conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and elsewhere, as well as the histories of exploitation and erasure that still manifest themselves in the present. Our question remains what does democracy mean in these current, bleak conditions? How do we both seek to defend the limited space to think and act that we still have, and push for a new sense of living well and caring for the planet we share? We will begin the sessions on Wednesday with news from artists and cultural workers in Ukraine and the Ukrainian diaspora. We hope that some of them will be able to travel to Ljubljana so that we can listen to what they want and need. With this invasion, it is more clear than ever that real existing democracy is under existential threat. While it is true that European democracies are imperfect, they have allowed for governments that are to some degree responsive to open, independent elections decided by debate and argument. Today, even that version of democracy is something we need to defend, as well as to nurture the better, more equitable, more joyful versions we hope can yet emerge. Re-energizing our common futures is something to which everyone can contribute; but we believe that the arts can play its role as an initiator of imaginative epistemologies and a new ethic of living together within the limits of the planet. We want to use this opportunity to explore that belief.

Curated by Zdenka Badovinac and Charles Esche, the Democracy Pavilion for Europe aims to contribute to the rethinking and potential revival of communal forms of decision making as a vision and practice, with artists playing a key role in their conception of different and better worlds and an ethics of living together differently on this planet.

The aim of the Democracy Pavilion for Europe conference is to concentrate artistic, activist, and institutional energies. The objective is to find ways for the creative community to understand democracy and its limits, articulate its values, and propose forms through which to build a new commitment to shared control, public interest and the commons.

The Pavilion will start as an international conference in Ljubljana on 9–11 March, organized by the L’Internationale association in cooperation with ZRC SAZU. This is the first step in the Pavilion’s planned programme that will unfold through local workshops at L’Internationale confederation member locations and transform into an online pavilion at: http://www.internationaleonline.org.

The Democracy Pavilion for Europe is part of The European Pavilion – an initiative by the European Cultural Foundation that aims to support and promote artistic projects that imagine desirable and sustainable futures for Europe. The European Pavilion was initiated by the Amsterdam-based European Cultural Foundation and is developed in partnership with the Camargo Foundation, the Kultura Nova Foundation, and Fondazione CRT.

Over the course of 2021, seven arts and cultural organizations in various countries across Europe have joined this exciting new initiative: ARNA (Sweden), Brunnenpassage (Austria), INIVA (London), OGR Torino (Italy), State of Concept (Greece), Studio Rizoma (Italy) and L’Internationale (Ljubljana, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain and Poland).

More information at: theeuropeanpavilion.eu

Coordination of the Democracy Pavilion: Nika Ham, Maria Mallol


PROGRAM

9 March, Day 1

Should we stay or should we go? Leaving or reforming liberal democracy

This day will be devoted to looking at people/groups/organizations that are questioning their experience of existing democracy and investigating an “elsewhere”, thinking about cultural efforts in communities, in cultural education, in other forms of change. Is existing liberal democracy a viable way towards emancipation, inclusion, and social justice? What is the potential relation between culture, social justice, and democracy? What cultural forms might sensibly contribute to these aims?

10:00–10:30 Welcome. Oto Luthar, Zdenka Badovinac, Charles Esche. On zoom: André Wilkens (Director of the European Cultural Foundation) and Lore Gablier (ECF program manager) presenting the European Pavilion Program and the European Culture for Solidarity Fund.

10:30–12:00 Artists and Democracy – Panel 1 Emergency action. Contributions from / for Ukraine.

Open panel. Artists and cultural workers in the Ukraine and the Ukrainian diaspora. including Nikita Kadan (artist and curator) and others depending on the current situation.

COFFEE BREAK

12:15–12:45 In conversation with Iskra Geshoska (zoom) 12:45- 14:00 Artists and Democracy – Panel 2 Gabriella Riccio – IRI Nika Autor

Moderator: Charles Esche

14:00h- 15:00 Lunch 15:00–17:00 Artists and Democracy – Panel 3 Dmitry Vilensky (zoom) Antifascist Year Eszter Szakács Moderator: Charles Esche

17:00–17:30 In conversation with Hazal Halavut (zoom) COFFEE BREAK

18:15 EVENING LECTURE Peter Klepec


10 March, Day 2

Using Democracy

On the second day, actors are invited who are active in politics, theory and institutional organisation and who make use of culture and art in their work. They are working within and around the liberal democratic nation state and the public sector, often looking for the opportunities it affords for dissent and for taking democratic power. How to use or access the languages of art and culture to question democracy or hold the state to its stated ideals? What is the relationship between democracy and public cultural institutions and subsidies? What is needed to reshape existing liberal democracy away from its apparent capture by the conservative and revolutionary right? 10:00–11:00 Conversation (zoom): Manuel Borja-Villel and Joanna Mytkowska Towards the Museum of the Commons.

What is the use of apparently democratic public institutions today? Moderator: Zdenka Badovinac

COFFEE BREAK

11:00–13:00 The Use and Abuse of Existing Structures

Asta Vrečko Tomislav Medak Aleksei Borisionok

Moderator: Bojana Piškur

13:00–14:00 – Lunch

14:00- 17:30 Constituting and reconstituting: practices and repairs

14:00–14:30 Tania Bruguera (zoom) 14:30–15:00 Sandi Hilal (zoom)

SHORT BREAK

15:20-15:40 Rolando Vasquez 15:40-16:10 Marcelo Expósito 16:10-16:30 Jonas Staal

16:30-17:30 Questions and open discussion

Moderator: Corina Oprea

COFFEE BREAK

18:15 EVENING LECTURE, Tomaž Mastnak


11 March, Day 3

Kakšna sramota! (What a shame!) The Case of Slovenia

The case of Slovenia: what is happening here and why? What is to be done about it in the cultural field? Artists, cultural workers, and activists from Slovenia are invited to discuss their role in the fight for democracy as it is currently threatened in Slovenia. The day will be dedicated to the sustainability of such resistance – to its economy, structure, networking, and archiving.

10:00 Introduction of the Historical Context Oto Luthar, historian and director ZRC SAZU (introduction by Zdenka Badovinac)

COFFEE BREAK

11:00–12:30 Artists and Activists – Panel I

NON-GRUPA Protestna ljudska skupščina (The Protest People’s Assembly) Aktiv delavk in delavcev v kulturi (The Culture Workers Active): Petja Grafenauer, Miha Zadnikar Vladozlom (via Zoom) 12:30-14:00 LUNCH 14:30–15:30 Artists and Activists – Panel II Miha Blažič, N’toko Tjaša Pureber COFFEE BREAK 15:30-17:30 WORKSHOPS Workshop 1: Artistic approach as basic tool of non-violent protests, Jaša Jenull (representative of The Protest People’s Assembly) The workshop will discuss the mechanisms, experiences, and practical approaches that have helped us carry out more than 90 mass protests and a large number of small artivist interventions over the past two years of struggle against the far right government in Slovenia. Through practical examples, we will present our answers to some of the key questions we have faced in our two years of constant presence on the street. Among others: How to make the invisible visible? How to effectively utilize mass media? How to maintain protest mobilization with the help of art in the long run? How to empower and connect the wider community of protesters using artistic approaches. The second part of the workshop will present a concrete protest action that will take place on the same day and offer participants the opportunity to participate in the protest itself.

Workshop 2: Culture, art, and political activism – key problems today, Miha Zadnikar (representative of the Culture workers active) This workshop will touch on crucial points of the (quite changed) activism / art / culture relationship that are critically seen from a critical perspective today.

The main topics will be:

a) older, recent, and unconscious traps of liberal / illiberal democracies

b) aggressive times of biopolitics; radical state repression and “predatory capitalism”

c) disintegrated subjects within the so-called cultural and creative sectors; cultural fetishism; defetism; recent unexpected difficulties in shaping heterogeneous political movements

d) questioning the “activism of names and family names”; personal career-making activism; grass-roots vs. NGO trends; autonomy and non-hierarchical politics

e) spontaneous inclinations towards a liberal political worldview / liberal jargon

f) opportunities and obstacles in attempts to move away from ideological struggles (with using reorganized and sharpened “national culture”) towards more productive (class) ways of struggle.

Participants:

Antifascist Year (Bogna Stefanska and Jakub Depczinsky), Nika Autor, Zdenka Badovinac, Miha Blažič – N’toko, Aleksei Borisionok, Tania Bruguera, Charles Esche, Marcelo Expósito, Iskra Geshoska, Petja Grafenauer and Miha Zadnikar (representatives of The Culture workers active), Hazal Halavut, Sandi Hilal, Jaša Jenull (representative of The Protest People’s Assembly), The Protest People’s Assembly, Nikita Kadan, Peter Klepec, Oto Luthar, Tomaž Mastnak, Tomislav Medak, Joanna Mytkowska, NON-GRUPA, Corina Oprea, Tjaša Pureber, Gabriella Riccio, Jonas Staal, Eszter Szakács, Rolando Vásquez, Dmitry Vilensky, Asta Vrečko, Miha Zadnikar (representative of the Workers in Culture Task Group), Vladozlom

RES EXTENSA | Gabriella Riccio


within the framework of the residency Program DESVÍO by Planta Alta / Hablar en Arte, in collaboration with the Institute of Radical Imagination, with the hospitality of Museo en Red / Museum Reina Sofia – Thursday May 25th, 17:00-21:00


RES EXTENSA

Res Extensa is a project idea, a hybrid format combining the dimension of critical thinking with the somatic-sensory erotic experimental (experiential) dimension of physical thought; its theme / matter / object / starting point is the body in its relationship with other bodies.

Res Extensa in its experiential form is a participatory event that proposes a framework for experimentation and physical thinking. Res Extensa is proposed as a way to participate in a collective dialogue: enter a choreographic system that does not depend on physical ability, has no audience and only works through its action.
Using choreographic practices, Res Extensa invites participants to reflect from their bodies, to critical thinking, wanting to find the exception to the norm, to active listening, to sharing experiences and perspectives among them. Res Extensa moves from pleasure, it is a strategy to reestablish social bonds, re-eroticize other ways of inhabiting the world, reduce the distance and somatize in action. It does not accommodate, and it does not anesthetize, swimming against the current, it says no to the autonomy of aesthetics, it can only be experienced from the inside.

“I am interested in exploring how dance and choreography can contribute to an understanding of the political in our times. I am interested in Movement and Movements of ideas and of the individual or collective bodies. At its chore choreography moves around the relationship between body, space and time, and the possibilities of their reconfigurations. As a choreographer, my creative and investigative process develops through systems of rules and exceptions to the rule: in other words, I can say that the choreography creates systems and atmospheres where to observe the rupture point – deviations – that transforms them into other configurations. I am interested in this moment of transformation: the manifestation of the rupture, which always seems to me like a form of “withdrawal” to let something different appear, from a need, a desire, an imagination in a process that has something aleatory and necessary at the same time: allowing, welcoming, letting appear, being open to change, transformation, by letting other bodies affirm themselves in space and time. Therefore, as an activist committed with the movement for the commons, I also understand the gestures of reconfiguration of our way of being in the world as choreographic gestures that are manifested through a reconfiguration of bodies or space and tautologically of the law.”

Res Extensa dialogues with the theoretical elaboration of contemporary researchers and philosophers:
– Andreas Philipopoulos Mihailopoulos and his concepts of Spatial Justice, Normorama and Atmosphere;
– Andre Lepecki and his concept of Choreopolitics and Agency in the era of control.

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ART FOR UBI (MANIFESTO) | launching campaign

ART for UBI Manifesto > ITALIANO

#ARTforUBImanifesto

You can sign ART FOR UBI (Manifesto) on change.org
We strongly invite you support the EU Citizen’s Initiative to Start Unconditional Basic Incomes (UBI) throughout Europe

ART FOR UBI (Manifesto)

1/ Universal and Unconditional Basic Income is the best measure for the arts and cultural sector. Art workers claim a basic income, not for themselves, but for everyone.

2/ Do not call UBI any measures that do not equal a living wage: UBI has to be above the poverty threshold. To eliminate poverty, UBI must correspond to a region’s minimum wage.

3/ UBI frees up time, liberating us from the blackmail of precarious labor and from exploitative working conditions.

4/ UBI is given unconditionally and without caveats, regardless of social status, job performance, or ability. It goes against the meritocratic falsehoods that cover for class privilege.  

5/ UBI is not a social safety net, nor is it welfare unemployment reform. It is the minimal recognition of the invisible labor that is essential to the reproduction of life, largely unacknowledged but essential, as society’s growing need for care proves.

6/ UBI states that waged labor is no longer the sole means for wealth redistribution. Time and time again, this model proves unsustainable.Wage is just another name for exploitation of workers, who always earn less than they give. 

7/ Trans-feminist and decolonizing perspectives teach us to say NO to all the invisible and extractive modes of exploitation, especially within the precarious working conditions created by the art market.

8/ UBI affirms the right to intermittence, privacy and autonomy, the right to stay off-line and not to be available 24/7.

9/ UBI rejects the pyramid scheme of grants and of the nonprofit industrial complex, redistributing wealth equally and without unnecessary bureaucratic burdens. Bureaucracy is the vampire of art workers’ energies and time turning them into managers of themselves.

10/ By demanding UBI, art workers do not defend a guild or a category and depreciate the role that class and privilege play in current perceptions of art. UBI is universal because it is for everyone and makes creative agency available to everyone.

11/ Art’s health is directly connected to a healthy social fabric. To claim for UBI, being grounded in the ethics of mutual care, is art workers’ most powerful gesture of care towards society.

12/ Because UBI disrupts the logic of overproduction, it frees us from the current modes of capital production that are exploiting the planet. UBI is a cosmogenetic technique and a means to achieve climate justice.

13/ Where to find the money for the UBI? In and of itself UBI questions the actual tax systems in Europe and elsewhere. UBI empowers us to reimagine financial transactions, the extractivism of digital platforms, liquidity, and debt. No public service should be cut in order to finance UBI.

14/ UBI inspires many art collectives and communities to test various tools for more equal redistribution of resources and wealth. From self-managed mutual aid systems based on collettivising incomes, to solutions temporarily freeing cognitive workers from public and private constraints. We aim to join them.


SIGNATURES

Individuals

  • Emanuele Braga / Macao, Milan; Institute of Radical Imagination
  • Marco Bravalle / Sale Docks, Venice; Institute of Radical Imagination
  • Gabriella Riccio / L’Asilo, Naples ; Institute of Radical Imagination
  • Ilenia Caleo / Campo Innocente; Incommon – Università IUAV Venezia
  • Anna Rispoli / Artist
  • Maddalena Fragnito / Macao, Milan; Phd at Coventry University
  • Andrea Fumagalli / Effimera; University of Pavia
  • Nicola Capone / Philosopher; L’Asilo, Naples
  • Luigi Coppola / Artist
  • Giuseppe Micciarelli / L’Asilo, Naples, University of Salerno
  • Julio Linares / Economist and Anthropologist; JoinCircles.net
  • Dena Beard / The Lab, San Francisco
  • Manuel Borja-Villel / Museum Director, Madrid
  • Salvo Torre / Professor, member of POE Politics, Ontologies, Ecologies
  • Sara Buraya Boned / L’Internationale; Institute Of Radical Imagination
  • Kuba Szreder / Curator and theorist, Warsaw
  • Dmitry Vilensky / Chto Delat
  • Charles Esche / Director of Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
  • Franco Bifo Berardi / Philosopher
  • Gregory Sholette / Artist
  • Zeyno Pekunlu / Artist, Institute of Radical Imagination
  • Anna Daneri / Forum dell’arte contemporanea italiana
  • Massimo Mollona / Goldsmiths’ University of London, Institute of Radical Imagination
  • Jerszy Seymour / Artist and Designer; Sandberg Institute
  • Marco Assennato / Maître de conférences in filosofia, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture, Paris-Malaquais
  • Roberto Ciccarelli / Philosopher and journalist
  • Sandro Mezzadra / Philosopher
  • Geert Lovink / Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam
  • Alisa Del Re / senior professor Ateneo Patavino
  • Andrea Gropplero / Film Director
  • Giuseppe Allegri / Activist
  • Elena Lasala Palomar / Institute of Radical Imagination
  • Nicolas Martino / Philosopher
  • Ilaria Bussoni / Editor and curator
  • Danilo Correale / Artist
  • Annalisa Sacchi / Incommon – Università IUAV Venezia
  • Giada Cipollone / Incommon – Università IUAV Venezia
  • Stefano Tomassini / Incommon – Università IUAV Venezia
  • Piersandra Di Matteo / Incommon – Università IUAV Venezia
  • Elena Blesa Cabéz / Researcher, Barcelona; Institute of Radical Imagination
  • Jesús Carrillo / Senior Lecturer at the Department of History and Theory of Art Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; Institute of Radical Imagination
  • Pablo García Bachiller / Arquitecto; Institute of Radical Imagination
  • Theo Prodromidis / Artist; Institute of Radical Imagination
  • Mabel Tapia / Art Researcher Madrid-Paris
  • Chiara Colasurdo / Labour Lawyer


Organizations

  • Institute of Radical Imagination
  • Il Campo Innocente
  • Macao
  • Sale Docks
  • Chto Delat
  • L’Asilo
  • Euronomade
  • Dirty Art Department Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Dirty Art Foundation
  • Effimera
  • OperaViva Magazine
  • Basic Income Network – Italia
  • Community and Research for Circles UBI
  • Forum d’arte contemporanea
  • Global Project
  • Dinamopress
  • Sherwood
  • AWI Art Workers Italy
  • Maestranze dello Spettacolo Veneto
  • Autonomedia New York City

SUPPORT EVA ESPACIO VECINAL ARGANZUELA in MADRID: SIGN! | #EVAsigue

Citizen Initiative for a Self-Managed Space by citizens. Former Legazpi Fruit and Vegetable Market. EVA Espacio Vecinal Arganzuela wants the transfer of the space for self-managed use by social organizations and citizen entities of the Arganzuela district.

The Institute of Radical Imagination supports and invites you to sign! to support EVA by sending an email to the political leaders of the Madrid City Council requesting the 4-year extension for the Arganzuela Neighborhood Spaces:

The email you send will be redirected with your name to the Arganzuela District Board, the councilor, president and coordinator of the district, as well as to the mayor and vice mayor of Madrid City Council.

NORMALITY WAS THE PROBLEM | Extended Call for a Common Campaign

Microutopías, Inmigración, ¿Volver adónde? / Back to where?, 2020


The Call for a Common Campaign is extended until September 15, 2020

#NormalityWasTheProblem #LaNormalidadEraElProblema #ANormalidadeEraOProblema #LaNormalitéÉtaitLeProblème


“There will be no return to old ‘normality’ in the near future”
These are Tedros Adhamon’s words. Meanwhile, due to “old normality”, in some places disguised as “new normality”, no near futures seem to appear on our horizonts.Global illness. A yearning for accumulation that does not pay attention to those who are left out, crowded in refugee camps or in shacks surrounded by greenhouses of slave labor; those who are evicted from their homes, neighborhoods and lives; those who are forgotten in jails which negotiate with their black bodies; those who are forced to put their dignity in the queue of the food bank, of the charity of the State or the Churches, of unemployment, of the papers, or the hawthorn borders.
Global resistance. A force that reinvents each time the meaning of the word freedom to undress it from the abuses it suffers on a daily basis. Which recovers the word justice by putting it into practice, day by day, in the networks of mutual support, in stopping evictions, in the demonstrations for the support of the public, of the common; in strengthening ties; in the planetary virtual proximity of the contagion of slogans, struggles and political affections.
With this text we invite you to continue denouncing the unbearable injustice of normality, and to tell  where it breaks and how from these cracks emerge genuine political springs ; through words, posters, sounds, images, graffiti, tweets, stones or birds. 

With this campaign we invite you to continue denouncing the unbearable injustice of normality, and to tell  where it breaks and how from these cracks emerge genuine political springs ; through words, posters, sounds, images, graffiti, tweets, stones or birds.

Feed it by sending your contributions to: normalitywastheproblem@gmail.com
Campaign pad: https://pad.riseup.net/p/%23NormalityStillTheProblem
To contribute images, memes, …: normalitywastheproblem@gmail.com
To see all contributions: Instagram @normalitywastheproblem or on https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1C8HyScMdxBkIByu-5hkQmA4ZUgiOhsYl?usp=sharing

upcoming: FOUND FOOTAGE FILM & VIDEO | workshop with Zeyno Pekünlü

Still from video ”Worn Part”, Zeyno Pekünlü, 2019


School of Mutation within the framework of the iteration Film Archives & Militant Cinema. Dates To Be Defined (September/October) Online, open to max 15 participants. Working language English
register here 

In times of pandemic where outside shootings and physical team work are almost impossible, found footage practices including montage, collage, and other forms of juxtaposition, repurposing images from their original context and placing them in new combinations and situations could be an exciting way of creating. The aim of this workshop is to make a brief introduction to the history of found footage through examples and exploring techniques for producing new videos and movies.

During the workshop, participants will experiment with existing material to make something new.⁠ Participants should have a video editing application installed in their computers. All the rest of the materials will be supplied.

Session 1: Introduction to found Footage

[2 Hours Online-1 Hour Offline]

  • Collective viewing of found footage movies (5 movies from different artists) and discussing different methods of using found image. (repetition, accumulation, scratching, fiction etc.) [online]
  • Discussion: What kinds of expression opportunities repurposing and remixing images provides? [online]
  • Practicing with clips (The participants will be provided with clip extracts and will work on a short video individually) [online and offline]
Session 2: Collecting and Archiving

[2 Hours Online-1 Hour Offline]

  • Collective viewing of results of the editing exercise and common evaluation of the edited clips [online]
  • Collective viewing of 5 more found footage movies [online]
  • Which sources we could use? How we prepare and archive the sources? [online]
  • How to adjust different source clips into a common timeline? [online]
  • Individual practice (The participants will be provided with a full movie and will work on a short video individually) [online and offline]
Session 3 – Finalizing tips

[2 Hours Online-1 Hour Offline]

  • Collective viewing of results of the editing exercise and common evaluation of the edited clips [online]
  • How to finish the work (adjusting sound, color, black and white balance, exporting, titles etc.) [online]
  • Continue with the editing exercise of session 2 [online and offline]
Session 4 – Time to go crazy 

[2 Hours Online-1 Hour Offline]

Before session 4, the participants will develop ideas on their own editing exercise, via email we will discuss the possibilities and they will gather their own materials for the final exercise. [offline]

  • Collective viewing of results of the editing exercise and common evaluation of the edited clips [online]
  • Discussion on copyrights, copyleft, fair use, ethics of found footage (online)
  • Editing exercise of their own material [online and offline]
Session 5- Results

[2 Hours Offline]

Collective viewing of results of the editing exercise and common evaluation of the edited videos [offline]

NORMALITY WAS THE PROBLEM | Call for a Common Campaign

The context of the global pandemic has amplified all the inequalities that feed the capital accumulation system: gender inequalities (more violence in closed-door households, more care workload for women without schools or senior centers, more harassment on online channels…); the inequalities of border regimes; inequalities in the international division of labor, among many others. At the same time, all public goods have been eroded, as shown by the state of health systems around the world. That was and it is our normality.

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AFTER THE EVENT by Begüm Özden Fırat y Zeyno Pekünlü


Museo Reina Sofía, Open presentation Thursday 16th, January 2020 19:00, Workshop Friday 17th, January 2020 20:00, full program below


After the event focuses on the afterlife of the recent cycle of revolts initiated in late 2010. Wherever they have emerged- Turkey to Spain, from Greece to Syria and Egypt- these movements shook the existing political systems and sometimes toppled them down, yet they proved to be not powerful enough to subvert the political establishment as a whole.

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THE END OF HISTORY COMES AT THE END OF RADICAL IMAGINATION | IRI at Integrated 2019


Integrated 2019 Thursday November 5th, 15:30,  St Lukas School of Arts Antwerp, room K02.10 Discussion group / Workshop / Master Class Max. 30 persons Duration: 120′, full program below


The “end of History” comes at the end of the Radical Imagination. A polyphonic reflection on Action-Research.

To think different, we must act different, but without critical thinking, actions are meaningless and easily subsumed to capitalism. We are proposing to reflect on what E.Bloch called as “concrete utopia”, questioning how unfolding radical theories we are able to sustain radical practices. We want to propose a panel to share ideas, acts, and methodologies on how academic, activist and artist can share action-research projects.

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INTERNATIONALISM AFTER THE END OF GLOBALISATION


Museum on the Vistula, Warsaw, Art Against War and Fascism in the 20th and 21st Centuries – 24 October (Thursday); Internationalism After the End of Globalization – 25–26 October (Friday–Saturday), full program below


The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw invites the public to the summit “Internationalism after the end of globalisation”. It will play the dual role of a conference and a workshop session.

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SUPPORT LA INGOBERNABLE: SIGN!

La Ingobernable CSO, is a key space when it comes to the common thinking in Madrid. The second IRI meeting, held in Madrid, occurred in parallel with the “Master” in Urban Commons and both sessions took place at La Ingobernable, which had a central role in designing and realizing the Master, developed along other common spaces as L’Asilo (Naples) or La Casa Invisible (Málaga), conceived as an action intervention for the legalization of the commons.

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