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

Kristine Stiles awe3 at frontier.com
Sat Jun 11 23:39:15 EST 2011

I concur with Johannes. I find nothing interesting in the manifesto's  
hubris, self-importance, and sophomoric lack of empathy and curiosity  
(to say nothing of understanding) of those it critiques. Finally, the  
manifesto exemplifies the spectacle it condemns.


On Jun 10, 2011, at 9:32 AM, Johannes Birringer wrote:

> Not sure what there is,  so lovable,
> about the rhetorical manifesto (Stateless1 Pavillion Biennale.jpg)  
> of futile gestures,
> and the proposal to squat between the fascist monuments (german and  
> italian
> pavilions) in the Giardini, if one were to travel to Italy,
> that would require a passport, no?  and a Biennale ticket?
> when I became a stateless citizen of the State in Time (NSK
> issued the virtual passports in the mid 90s), i tried to enter
> the U.S. with it but no such luck.
> anyway, to those on the ground there, the pirates,
> my best wishes
> regards
> Johannes
> I absolutely love this!
> xl
> On Jun 8, 2011, at 8:37 AM, Ricardo Dominguez wrote:
> 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!
> 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<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.
> 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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