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

Christiane_Paul at whitney.org Christiane_Paul at whitney.org
Fri Jun 10 23:41:10 EST 2011

You could also collaborate with Manifest.AR as appropriate (http://manifestarblog.wordpress.com/venice2011/).
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Subject: Re: [-empyre-] Fwd: Call for e-action | Venice Biennale |Manifesto

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<mailto: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!


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<http://www.artnet.com/magazineus/news/artnetnews/moma-preview9-29-09.asp>, 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.


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



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