[-empyre-] Fwd: Call for e-action | Venice Biennale |Manifesto

Lynn Hershman lynn2 at well.com
Fri Jun 10 20:50:50 EST 2011

I absolutely love this!
On Jun 8, 2011, at 8:37 AM, Ricardo Dominguez wrote:

> Hola Tim and all,
> I will let the group that developed this gesture speak for itself  
> (also a short manifesto as .jpg attached):
> On 5/27/11 3:35 AM, statelessimmigrantspavilion at riseup.net wrote:
>> We, the Anonymous Stateless Immigrants, will construct a “Stateless
>> Immigrant’s Pavilion” by occupying the Giardini during the Venice
>> Biennale (June 5-15), pirate style, and we need your help!
>> This is a call for participation to claim space for stateless
>> immigrants in between the erected pavilions of all the nations for a
>> sit-in with tents, bbq, music, dancing, etc. In solidarity with the
>> Spanish Revolution and other emancipatory movements, our actions are
>> closely aligned with our brothers and sisters all over the world who
>> are struggling against the suffocating encroachment of capitalism in
>> all its manifestations and forms. Advocating nomad-ism, autonomy and
>> anonymity as alternatives to the representational border politics
>> inherent within the structure of the biennale itself, this is a call
>> for artists, activists and local people of Venice to join us!
>> You could do so by replying to this email for further organizational
>> support or forward it to relevant people in your network. More
>> information about our statement can be found attached, but please do
>> not hesitate to contact us directly for more info etc!
>> statelessimmigrantspavilion[at]riseup.net
>> Ps: This is not a mass email! our and your anonymity is important  
>> for us!
> I did not attend VB and have only considered the event via this  
> gesture
> and this union strike:
> "Italian unions certainly know how to get a point across. At the  
> last Venice Bienale, in 2009, workers at the international  
> exhibition went on strike, protesting the degeneration of working  
> conditions and picketing the Giardini in August. This time around  
> it was the vaporetto operators who called the “manifestazione,”  
> meaning that service on the affordable water buses had been shut  
> down for 24 hours in protest of labor conditions. This being  
> Venice, where private water taxis run a cool €60, and where the  
> only other alternative to vaporetti is walking miles of twisty,  
> staircase-ridden calli (narrow streets), there were a lot of  
> blisters and missed art at the Biennale today. Chalk one up for the  
> vaporetto union. (Some of the tonier exhibitions fought back,  
> however — the Prada Foundation and François Pinault both supplied  
> water transport to ferry press and VIPs to their shows.)?
> But I do think the questions you asking about the performative  
> matrix playing out at VB in terms of routing around
> the question of the "Global Citizen" and transborder_bodies in  
> terms of presence - even as a frame of a question is
> definitely out of the question for the state-driven definition of  
> art that state's internal crisis (as in the case of the tactic
> that you mention for Mexico etc.,) - but perhaps this has always  
> been the case for VB specifically (since Hitler came by and
> probably before) and the problem for most most Biennales in general.
> But to be clear this is all from a distance.
> Best,
> Ricardo
> On 6/8/11 7:58 AM, Timothy Murray wrote:
>>> Thanks, Ricardo, for letting us know about this action.
>>>  I'm wondering if you would mind saying a bit
>>> more about the context of the action : "In order
>>> to maximize impact and attempt to gain
>>> visibility for
>>> nameless, anonymous, stateless, non-represented
>>> global citizens at theVenice Biennal."  In
>>> thinking about this month's discussion topic,
>>> Renate and I were hoping that the list would
>>> address precisely this kind of disparity between
>>> the (non)-representation of "global citizens" at
>>> the Venice Biennale and those endorsed by
>>> state-sponsored representation.  It's also
>>> interesting to note that some national pavilions
>>> seem this year to be engaging in an end run
>>> around this thorny issue (i.e. Mexico) by
>>> featuring non-national artists in national
>>> pavilions.
>> Best,
>> Tim
> <Stateless1.jpg>
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