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

Kristine Stiles awe3 at frontier.com
Sun Jun 12 02:50:07 EST 2011


As someone who has written on behalf of the disenfrancised and  
traumatized for my lifetime, I am in sympathy with any constructive  
critique of the current situation, but not one that reduces its attack  
to those staying in nice hotels and drinking in cafes. As for  
defending the stateless, one of the first artists I ever wrote about  
(some 30+ years ago) was the, then, stateless artist Gustav Metzger.  
As I read Johannes' statement as saying that he did not find  
"loveable...the rhetorical manifesto." To that I would add that all  
rhetoric is not the same, and if it is all is folded together and  
reduced to a "performative condition of art," then can anyone say  
anything about anything?


On Jun 11, 2011, at 10:27 AM, Timothy Murray wrote:

>> Kristine,
> I understand your impatience but I'm wondering whether me might be  
> able to appreciate  this intervention to be in line and solidarity  
> with the kind of thinking about immigration, mobility, and  
> extrastatecraft posited, say, by Keller Easterling in her work on  
> infrastructure or by Arjun Appadurai on stateless migrants and  
> aspiration.   Perhaps we could understand this manifesto to  
> "inhabit" or "squat" in the spectacle it condemns precisely to  
> foreground rhetorically (and isn't rhetoric a formal and  
> performative condition of art?)  the conditions that Johannes  
> articulates.
> Best,
> Tim
>> 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.
>> Kristine
>> 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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