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.


Written by Thomas Büsch on . Posted in Events, Voices



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  • Democracia, "FCGB Merchandising Stall", 2009
  • Democracia, "Ser y Durar", 2011
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  • 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)

Tariq Ali @ Gezi Park : Resist!!!

Written by Thomas Büsch on . Posted in çapuling, Voices

Tariq Ali is giving hope to Turkish youth!

Listen what Tariq Ali – writer and filmmaker originally from Pacistan – have to say about the Turkish uprising. He has written more than two dozen books on world history and politics, and seven novels (translated into over a dozen languages) as well as scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of New Left Review and lives in London.

He was in Ankara on 14-16 June for evaluating the Turkish uprising.

See his speech about Turkey and the EU at SALT beyoglu during spring 2013.

The resistance in Istanbul in June 2013

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