Eski Haber/ Old News

Written by Sabine Küper on . Posted in Events, i-collect, Topography of Memory, Voices

Exhibition and Destribution at BAS Istanbul, 26.09.-26.10.13, Eski Haber/Old News 2004-2013 at BAS Istanbul.

Danish publisher and curator Jacob Fabricius inititated a serial of artistic works on reconstructing and desconstructing old news. The reprinted copies can be viewed at Banu Cennetoğlus artspace. The artist is inviting people also to take issues of the reconstructed “old news” home.

Like a Red Prison

Written by Thomas Büsch on . Posted in Future Archive, Voices

We are happy to present you the new Pussy Riot actilon called “Like a Red Prison”!

A new video released on July 16 by Russia’s Pussy Riot has exposed bitter divisions within the feminist punk performance-art group.

“Like in a Red Prison,” Pussy Riot’s first performance in almost a year, takes aim at the Kremlin’s tight grip on Russia’s lucrative oil industry.

The video shows four members dressed in trademark balaclavas and garish dresses dancing on the roof of a filling station and on an oil pipeline, where they pour what appears to be oil over a portrait of Igor Sechin — the head of the Rosneft oil firm and a close ally of President Vladimir Putin.

The women also accuse Putin of homophobia — an apparent reference to a recent law targeting homosexuals in Russia — and reiterate their criticism of his close ties with the Russian Orthodox Church.

POWERLESSNESS, A SITUATION

Written by Thomas Büsch on . Posted in Events, Voices

DEMOCRACIA, REVOLUTIE & POLIZEY

 

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  • Democracia, "FCGB Merchandising Stall", 2009
  • Democracia, "Ser y Durar", 2011
  • Democracia, "Ser y Durar", 2011
  • Democracia, "Todos sois culpables salvo yo", 2007
  • Vătămanu / Tudor, "riots", 2009

Economic crises, debt crises, floods of refugees, climate change, and terrorism. Every day the media reports on crises, catastrophes, and global hazards. Given such media-driven and real threat scenarios, there is a diminishing sense of trust in the capacity of governments to act. Political control mechanisms are apparently insufficient, and political alienation is growing. The result is a feeling of powerlessness. The powerlessness of a society can lead to dictatorships and wars. Individual responses range from internal withdrawal to political radicalization towards the left or right.

POWERLESSNESS, A SITUATION is an experimental project consisting of two corresponding exhibitions, DEMOCRACIA and REVOLUTIE as well as an accompanying discursive laboratory POLIZEY (in cooperation with the Frankfurt University Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”). A Spanish and a Romanian artist group respectively presents their work, and through their artistic experiments attempt to find a new way of dealing with current social conditions and problems as alternatives to the feeling of powerlessness.

Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany, June 13–August 4, 2013

Markt 44
60311 Frankfurt, Germany

Participating artists: Democracia (ES), Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor (RO)
Curator: Holger Kube Ventura (Germany)

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