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SUPER-SYMBIONT | PRATICA PERFORMATIVA COLLETTIVA E ITINERTE by ANDRECO

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Pratica performativa collettiva e itinerante

SUPER-SYMBIONT. PRATICA PERFORMATIVA COLLETTIVA E ITINERANTE di ANDRECO

Performance 10 Settembre alle 17:00

Workshop & Prove: 9 Settembre ore 12:00-14:00 + 10 Settembre ore 10:00-12:00

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🌿 parte del programma Art for Radical Ecologies Manifesto
Un progetto di @instituteofradicalimagination_ & @saledocks per il @venice_climate_camp 2022
📍Venice Climate Camp, Lido di Venezia/ Piazzale Ravà
📩 Partecipazione gratuita RSVP > Iscrizione ed informazioni: saledocks@gmail.com
⛺Informazioni per la logistica al Venice Climate Camp: info@veniceclimatecamp.comhttps://www.veniceclimatecamp.com/it/


Andreco – www.andreco.org – www.climateartproject.com

Un workshop intensivo per creare un Super-Simbionte, un corpo collettivo in movimento. Sperimenteremo pratiche performative nello spazio pubblico creando sovrapposizioni tra visioni artistiche, scientifiche, politiche ed ecologiche, per arrivare a creare icone trans-disciplinari e alimentare nuovi immaginari per la giustizia ecologica, climatica e sociale. 
L’obbiettivo del workshop è comporre una coreografia per la Climate March del 10 settembre, uno spezzone mutante, visionario ed indefinibile, a cui tutti e tutte possono partecipare.
Se il capitalismo verde si appropria di linguaggi ecologisti, masticandoli e svuotandoli di senso, siamo sempre pronti a mutare a trovare altre definizioni e linguaggi per essere inafferrabili e per mantenere la radicalità dei contenuti e delle istanze.
Il Super-Simbionte è un organismo mutante ed iridescente che sa curare come la calendula sulle scottature, come le felci sui terreni inquinati dai metalli. Il simbionte è una nuova Buona Pratica, una Climate Action per generare nuovi immaginari radicali.

SUPER-SYMBIONT | COLLECTIVE ITINERANT PERFORMATIVE PRACTICE by ANDRECO

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Collective Itinerant Performative Practice

SUPER-SYMBIONT. COLLECTIVE ITINERANT PERFORMATIVE PRACTICE by ANDRECO

Performance September 10th at 5 pm

Workshop & Rearsals: September 9th 12-2 pm + Sepetember 10th 10-12 am

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🌿 as part of the Art for Radical Ecologies Manifesto
A project by @instituteofradicalimagination_ & @saledocks for @venice_climate_camp 2022
📍Venice Climate Camp, Lido di Venezia/ Piazzale Ravà
📩 Free participation, RSVP > Registration and info: saledocks@gmail.com
⛺Information and logistics at Venice Climate Camp: info@veniceclimatecamp.comhttps://www.veniceclimatecamp.com/it/


Andreco – www.andreco.org – www.climateartproject.com

An intensive workshop to create a Super-Symbiont, a collective body on the move. We will experiment performing practices in the public space; overlapping artistic, scientific, political and ecological visions we will create trans-disciplinary icons to feed new imaginaries for climate and social justice.
The goal of the workshop is to compose a choreography for the Climate parade, a mutant and dreamy, elusive and indefinable block, in which everyone can participate.
If Green Capitalism appropriates ecological definitions, chewing them and emptying them of meaning, we will constantly mutate, finding new language and practices to maintain the radicality of the contents and instances.
The Super-Symbiont is a mutant and iridescent organism able to cure as marigolds on sunburn or ferns on metal-polluted soils. The symbionte is a new Best Practice, a Climate Action to create new radical imaginaries.

VENICE TOURIST CLIMATE DEBT | Workshop by PAOLO CIRIO

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Workshop

VENICE TOURIST CLIMATE DEBT by PAOLO CIRIO

September 9th, 10-12 am

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A project by @instituteofradicalimagination_ & @saledocks for @venice_climate_camp 2022
📍Venice Climate Camp, Lido di Venezia/ Piazzale Ravà
📩 Free participation, RSVP > Registration and info: saledocks@gmail.com
⛺Information and logistics at Venice Climate Camp: info@veniceclimatecamp.comhttps://www.veniceclimatecamp.com/it/


Looking at the data about greenhouse emissions by individual countries and their Carbon Majors, Paolo Cirio will propose conceptual and provocative art interventions to address the Venice Climate Debt paid directly by tourists. 
Starting from the introduction of ticketing and entry fees for tourists visiting Venice, the concept can be push forward with creating a new reality in which the entry fee can be proportional to the amount of greenhouse gases emissions of the tourist’s country origin.
During the workshop Paolo Cirio will discuss emissions data, attribution science, carbon tax and credits, global climate agreements, and how these can be material for works of investigative and interventionist art. Furthermore, the workshop will be a chance to debate on policies on tourist tax, the controversial entrance of a city with tickets, and generally overturism globally.
The workshop will culminate with a small intervention with proposing the entrance fee directly to the tourists in Venice.

In 2021, Paolo Cirio established an utopian international Climate Tribunal to accuse the major 100 fossil fuel firms with data, graphs, and documents that he transformed in artworks.
Through creative forms of journalism and activism for public policies, Paolo Cirio investigates and intervenes into the social, economic, and cultural issues of contemporary society. His work researches the social fields impacted by technology, geopolitics, and economics in order to address human rights, inequality, justice, and democracy.

VENICE TOURIST CLIMATE DEBT | Workshop di PAOLO CIRIO

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Workshop

VENICE TOURIST CLIMATE DEBT di PAOLO CIRIO

9 Settembre ore 10:00-12:00

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🌿 parte del programma Art for Radical Ecologies Manifesto
Un progetto di @instituteofradicalimagination_ & @saledocks per @venice_climate_camp 2022
📍Venice Climate Camp, Lido di Venezia/ Piazzale Ravà
📩 La partecipazione è gratuita, RSVP > Registrazioni e Info: saledocks@gmail.com
⛺Per informazioni sull’ospitalità e la logistica al Venice Climate Camp: info@veniceclimatecamp.comhttps://www.veniceclimatecamp.com/it/


Osservando i dati sulle emissioni di gas serra dei singoli paesi e delle loro Carbon Majors, Paolo Cirio proporrà un intervento artistico, concettuale e provocatorio, in cui saranno i turisti a pagare il debito climatico. 
Partendo dalla notizia dell’introduzione del biglietto d’accesso per i turisti che visitano Venezia, il workshop crea una nuova realtà in cui la tariffa d’ingresso è proporzionale alla quantità di emissioni di gas serra del paese di provenienza del turista.
Durante il workshop, Paolo Cirio parlerà dei dati sulle emissioni, della scienza dell’attribuzione, della carbon tax e dei crediti, degli accordi globali sul clima e di come questi possono diventare materiale per opere d’arte investigativa e interventista. Inoltre, il workshop sarà un’occasione per discutere delle politiche sulla tassa di soggiorno, del controverso tema del biglietto di ingesso e, in generale, dell’overturism a livello globale.
Il workshop culminerà con un piccolo intervento che proporrà la tassa d’ingresso direttamente ai turisti di Venezia.

Nel 2021, Paolo Cirio ha istituito un utopico Tribunale internazionale del clima per accusare le 100 principali aziende produttrici di combustibili fossili con dati, grafici e documenti che si trasformano in opere d’arte.
Attraverso forme creative di giornalismo e attivismo, Paolo Cirio indaga e interviene sulle questioni sociali, economiche e culturali della società contemporanea. Il suo lavoro indaga i campi sociali impattati dalla tecnologia, dalla geopolitica e dall’economia per affrontare i temi dei diritti umani, della disuguaglianza, della giustizia e della democrazia. 

OLIVER RESSLER: TWO FILMS @ VENICE CLIMATE CAMP 2022

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Screening

Oliver Ressler

September 9th, at 9 pm

The director will be present

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🌿 as part of the program Art for Radical Ecologies Manifesto
A project by @instituteofradicalimagination_ & @saledocks for @venice_climate_camp 2022
📍Venice Climate Camp, Lido di Venezia/ Piazzale Ravà
📩 Free entrance
⛺Information and logistics at Venice Climate Camp: info@veniceclimatecamp.comhttps://www.veniceclimatecamp.com/it/


Everything‘s coming together while everything‘s falling apart: Venice Climate Camp
A film by Oliver Ressler, 4K, 21 Min., 2020

This film celebrates the Venice Climate Camp of September 2019. Leaving the camp on the Lido at dawn, 200 activists forced their way into the Venice Film Festival enclosure, where they occupied the red carpet for nine hours. Making full use of the international media presence, the activists laid claim to the world attention focused on the day’s prize giving ceremony, turning it to the agenda of the climate movement. The Venice Film Festival as such was not the target of the blockade, but the activists took a sharply critical position on its neglect of an important opportunity to call publicly for climate justice.

The path is never the same
A film by Oliver Ressler, 4K, 27 min., 2022

This film focuses on two complex, self-organizing systems: a forest and an occupation. The Hambacher Forest near Cologne (DE) has become the scene of Europe’s longest tree-top occupation. Since 2012, about 200 people have been living in this forest to prevent its clearing by the energy company RWE, which wants to extract lignite. The film reflects on the forest as a living space and on the need to confront the climate vandalism perpetrated in the name of “economic activity”. The people here organize non-hierarchically, standing – as one activist puts it in the film – “just like the trees, next to each other, on the same level”.

OLIVER RESSLER: DUE FILM @ VENICE CLIMATE CAMP 2022

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Proiezioni

Oliver Ressler

8 Settembre ore 21:00

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🌿 parte del programma Art for Radical Ecologies Manifesto
Un progetto di @instituteofradicalimagination_ & @saledocks per @venice_climate_camp 2022
📍Venice Climate Camp, Lido di Venezia/ Piazzale Ravà
📩 Entrata libera
⛺Per informazioni sull’ospitalità e la logistica al Venice Climate Camp: info@veniceclimatecamp.comhttps://www.veniceclimatecamp.com/it/


Everything‘s coming together while everything‘s falling apart: Venice Climate Camp
Un film di Oliver Ressler, 4K, 21 Min., 2020

Questo film celebra il Venice Climate Camp del settembre 2019. 

Lasciando il camp del Lido all’alba, 200 attivisti si sono fatti strada nel cuore della Mostra del Cinema di Venezia, dove hanno occupato il red carpet per nove ore. Sfruttando appieno la presenza dei media internazionali, gli attivisti hanno attirato su di sé l’attenzione mondiale per la cerimonia di premiazione del festival, dirottandola poi sull’agenda del movimento per il clima. La Mostra del Cinema di Venezia in quanto tale non era l’obiettivo del blocco, ma gli attivisti hanno assunto una posizione fortemente critica nei confronti della sua negazione di un’importante opportunità per chiedere pubblicamente giustizia climatica.



The path is never the same
Un film di Oliver Ressler, 4K, 27 min., 2022

Questo film si concentra su due sistemi complessi e auto-organizzati: una foresta e un’occupazione. La foresta di Hambacher, vicino a Colonia (DE), è diventata la scena della più lunga occupazione di alberi d’Europa. Dal 2012, circa 200 persone vivono in questa foresta per impedirne il disboscamento da parte della società energetica RWE, che vuole estrarre lignite. Il film riflette sulla foresta come spazio vitale e sulla necessità di affrontare il vandalismo climatico perpetrato in nome dell'”attività economica”. Le persone qui si organizzano in modo non gerarchico, stando – come dice un attivista nel film – “proprio come gli alberi, uno accanto all’altro, sullo stesso piano”.

ART FOR RADICAL ECOLOGIES (MANIFESTO) @ Venice Climate Camp 2022

Un progetto di Sale Docks & Institute of Radical Imagination per Venice Climate Camp 2022

by Oliver Ressler, courtesy fo the author

English | Italiano

Programma

Workshop / Assemblea Plenaria

Art for Radical Ecologies (Manifesto)

9 Settembre, 2022, ore 14.00

Venice Climate Camp, Lido di Venezia

Organizzato da Sale Docks & Institute of Radical Imagination

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Il Venice Climate Camp 2022 è l’occasione per radunare lavorat_ dell’arte e dello spettacolo allo scopo di iniziare un confronto che porterà alla scrittura collettiva di un manifesto sul ruolo dell’arte nella lotta per la giustizia climatica e nella creazione di nuove ecologie (che tengono presente l’intersezione tra dato ambientale e sociale). Se la pandemia aveva già drammaticamente sottolineato le conseguenze di un’antropizzazione estrattiva, la guerra in Ucraina (oltre al suo immediato carico di morte) è una manifestazione di quello che Andreas Malm ha definito “fascismo fossile”, un mix di autoritarismo e combustibili fossili che indebolisce le già insufficienti misure di lotta al riscaldamento globale.  La scarsità di gas russo ha riportato in auge il carbone e, in Italia, è all’ordine del giorno c’è la costruzione di nuovi rigassificatori. La scelta di organizzare il workshop al Venice Climate Camp (promosso da Rise Up For Climate Justice e Fridays For Future) rispecchia la nostra convinzione rispetto all’importanza di liberare l’arte dalla cattura dei circuiti istituzionali. Vogliamo sperimentare, come parte in causa nei movimenti sociali, concatenamenti estetico-politico che interpretano la creatività come un radicale carattere del sociale e non come merce. I partecipanti condividono inoltre la convinzione che la lotta alla giustizia climatica sia, necessariamente, una lotta contro e oltre il capitalismo estrattivo, anche nella sua versione green (in realtà un tentativo di trasformare la crisi in nuova accumulazione).

Il workshop si presenta come momento di discussione a partire dalle pratiche degli invitati che convocano alcuni temi centrali. L’utilizzo dell’arte come metodo di inchiesta e visualizzazione nella crisi climatica; la produzione di forme di arte attivista che guardano alla performatività dell’azione diretta; arte come terreno di immaginazione radicale nel disegnare nuove ecologie che ridisegnano il rapporto tra umano e non umano; arte come archivio di pratiche di movimento e così via.

Oltre al workshop principale, sono previsti, nel corso del camp, la proiezione di alcuni film di Oliver Ressler e due laboratori proposti da Paolo Cirio e Andreco.

Primi partecipanti: Sale Docks, Institute of Radical Imagination, Caracol Olol Jackson, Rise Up For Climate Jusstice, Andreco, Annaclara Basilicò, Paolo Cirio, Terike Haapoja, Rosa Jijon, Francesco Martone, Teresa Masini, Oliver Ressler, Federica Timeto 

La partecipazione è gratuita, ma è preferibile iscriversi via mail

Per iscrizioni e info: saledocks@gmail.com

Per informazioni sull’ospitalità e la logistica al Venice Climate Camp: info@veniceclimatecamp.com, https://www.veniceclimatecamp.com/it/

ART FOR RADICAL ECOLOGIES (MANIFESTO) | Venice Climate Camp 2022

A project by Sale Docks & the Institute of Radical Imagination for Venice Climate Camp 2022

by Oliver Ressler, courtesy of the author

English | Italiano

Program

Workshop / Plenary Assembly

Art for Radical Ecologies (Manifesto)

September 9th, 2022, at 2 pm

Venice Climate Camp, Lido di Venezia

Organized by Sale Docks & Institute of Radical Imagination

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The Venice Climate Camp 2022 is the opportunity to bring together art and performing arts workers to initiate a discussion that will lead to the collective writing of a manifesto on the role of art in the struggle for climate justice and in the creation of new ecologies (which take into account the intersection of environmental and social facts). If the pandemic had already dramatically underlined the consequences of extractivist anthropization, the war in Ukraine (in addition to its immediate death toll) is a manifestation of what Andreas Malm has called ‘fossil fascism’, a mix of authoritarianism and fossil fuels that weakens the already insufficient measures to combat global warming.  The scarcity of Russian gas has brought coal back into vogue and, in Italy, the construction of new re-gasifiers is on the agenda. The decision to organize the workshop at the Venice Climate Camp (promoted by Rise Up For Climate Justice and Fridays For Future) reflects our belief in the importance of freeing art from the capture of institutional circuits. We want to experience, as participants in social movements, aesthetic-political concatenations that interpret creativity as a radical character of the social and not as a commodity. The participants also share the conviction that the fight for climate justice is, necessarily, a fight against and beyond extractive capitalism, even in its green version (actually an attempt to turn the crisis into new accumulation).

The workshop will be a moment of discussion based on the practices of the invited guests, who convoke some central themes: the use of art as a method of inquiry and visualization in the climate crisis; the production of activist art forms that look at the performativity of direct action; art as a ground for radical imagination in designing new ecologies that reshape the relationship between human and non-human; art as an archive of movement practices and so on.

During Camp days, in addition to the main meeting moment, there will be a screening of films by Oliver Ressler, a workshop by Paolo Cirio and collective performative practice by Andreco.

First participants: Sale Docks, Institute of Radical Imagination, Caracol Olol Jackson, Rise Up For Climate Justice, Andreco, Annaclara Basilicò, Paolo Cirio, Terike Haapoja, Rosa Jijon, Francesco Martone, Teresa Masini, Oliver Ressler, Federica Timeto 

NO LAND AHOY! DRIFTING CONVERSATIONS ON RADICAL ART | PODCAST Marco Baravalle & MTL+ Collective


Marco Baravalle in conversation with MTL* Collective Episode #4 of the podcast series No Land Ahoy! Drifting Conversations on Radical Art within the framework of The School of Mutation

Marco Baravalle talks to artists, curators and activists. From the phantom archive of activist art to the museo situado, from Afrofutirism to decolonisation of neoliberal museums, these constellations of radical art may help us trace possible routes through the drift of the present.

EPISODE #4 with MTL+ Collective

How to act in the face of a scenario in which the major US art institutions function as artwashers of a colonial, patriarchal and extractivist capitalism? MTL+ tells of concrete actions such as Decolonize this Place and Strike MOMA, of the need to escape institutional co-optation and the urgency of creating new infrastructures of solidarity. The museum is an object to be de-fetishised, not a temple of memory (whose memory?), just another battlefield.

Eposode #4 MTL+ Collective

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Decolonize This Place (DTP) is an action-oriented, decolonial formation and a call to action. Facilitated by MTL+ Collective (Nitasha Dhillon, Amin Husain, Marz Saffore, Amy Weng), DTP resists and unsettles settler colonial structures in our cities as it builds movement infrastructure of care and solidarity on the path of collective freedom and liberation. Organizing, research, aesthetics, and action are rooted in interconnected struggles that are anti-colonial, anti-imperial, anti-patriarchal, and anti-capitalist. The university, museum, and city are sites of struggles and organizing. They are sites of refusal, sabotage, infrastructure, sanctuary, play, exit. Let them be sites of training in the practice of freedom. When we breathe we breathe together. 

NO LAND AHOY! DRIFTING CONVERSATIONS ON RADICAL ART | PODCAST Marco Baravalle & Manuel Borja Villel


Marco Baravalle in conversation with Manuel Borja Villel Episode #3 of the podcast series No Land Ahoy! Drifting Conversations on Radical Art within the framework of The School of Mutation

Marco Baravalle talks to artists, curators and activists. From the phantom archive of activist art to the museo situado, from Afrofutirism to decolonisation of neoliberal museums, these constellations of radical art may help us trace possible routes through the drift of the present.

EPISODE #3 with MANUEL BORJA VILLEL

Borja Villel addresses his critical practice as a museum director. How to transform from within the neoliberal structure and functions of an art institutions? How to work with concepts such as “Museo situado”? How to create alliances with the subalterns instead of the wealthy? How to break the cause-effect relationship between museums and gentrification? How to dialogue with examples of radical art from the Global South avoiding cultural extractivism? How to work on an epistemological revolution of collections?

Profile

Manuel Borja-Villel is Director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) in Madrid and is one of the institutional agents of Spanish culture. Borja-Villel has directed three of the major art institutions in Spain: Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona (1990–1998); Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA, 1998–2008); and Museo Reina Sofía (2008–present). He has curated solo exhibitions of some of the most important artists of the last century: Marcel Broodthaers, Lygia Clark, James Coleman, Óyvind Fahlström, Luis Gordillo, Hans Haacke, Lygia Pape, Antoni Muntadas, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Nancy Spero, Antoni Tàpies, Krzysztof Wodiczko, amongst others. His most recent book is titled Campos magnéticos: Escritos de arte y política (Arcadia, 2020).

NO LAND AHOY! DRIFTING CONVERSATIONS ON RADICAL ART | PODCAST Marco Baravalle & Coco Fusco


Marco Baravalle in conversation with Coco Fusco Episode #2 of the podcast serie No Land Ahoy! Drifting Conversations on Radical Art within the framework of The School of Mutation

Marco Baravalle talks to artists, curators and activists. From the phantom archive of activist art to the museo situado, from Afrofutirism to decolonisation of neoliberal museums, these constellations of radical art may help us trace possible routes through the drift of the present.

EPISODE #2 with COCO FUSCO

Coco Fusco discusses her encounter with Afrofuturism in the 1980s through the Black Audio Film Collective and how this encounter has influenced her performance work. In the second part, Fusco discusses the recent mobilisations for freedom of expression in Cuba, where artists are in the forefront.

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Coco Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, Latinx Art Award, a Fulbright fellowship and a Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. Fusco’s performances and videos have been presented in the 56th Venice Biennale, Frieze Special Projects, Basel Unlimited, three Whitney Biennials (2022, 2008 and 1993), and several other international exhibitions. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Center, the Centre Pompidou, the Imperial War Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona. She is the author of Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba (2015). She is represented by Alexander Gray Associates in New York. She is a Professor of Art at Cooper Union. Fusco is currently preparing new works for the next Sharjah Biennial and a solo retrospective that will open in 2023.

NO LAND AHOY! DRIFTING CONVERSATIONS ON RADICAL ART | PODCAST Marco Baravalle & Gregory Sholette


Marco Baravalle in conversation with Gregory Sholette Episode #1 of the podcast serie No Land Ahoy! Drifting Conversations on Radical Art within the framework of The School of Mutation

Marco Baravalle talks to artists, curators and activists. From the phantom archive of activist art to the museo situado, from Afrofutirism to decolonisation of neoliberal museums, these constellations of radical art may help us trace possible routes through the drift of the present.

EPISODE #1 with GREGORY SHOLETTE

The conversation builds on Sholette’s forthcoming book The Art Of Activism, The Activism of Art (Lund Humphries) in which the author attempts an account of what he calls the phantom archive of activist art, namely a series of counter-histories of radical art from the 1960s to the present. Situationists in France and Argentinean pioneers of activist art are discussed, as well as the challenges posed to art and politics by the current condition that Sholette  names unreality. 

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Dr. Gregory Sholette is a New York-based artist, writer, activist and curator Imaginary Archive: a peripatetic collection of documents speculating on a past whose future never arrived. His art and research theorize and document issues of collective cultural labor, activist art, and decolonial historical representation after 1968. Sholette is also co-founder of the collectives, Political Art Documentation/Distribution (1980-1988); REPOhistory (1989-2000); and Gulf Labor Coalition (2010 ongoing), as well as the author of Delirium and Resistance: Activist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism (2017); Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture (2011); Art As Social Action (with C. Bass: 2018), and the forthcoming book, The Art of Activism and the Activism of Art from Lund Humphries (2021). Along with his colleague Chloë Bass, Sholette co-directs Social Practice CUNY (SPCUNY), a new, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded art and social justice initiative at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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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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