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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Black Cube

From chocolates to chandeliers

Tactic talk by Dirk Fleischmann (ROK/D)

Dirk Fleischmann‘s schizophrenic conglomerate of eggs, kiosks, trailers, electricity, carbon credits, chandeliers, game shows and a fashion label, tells a capitalist fairy tale of success. Others may fly high, but Fleischmann‘s project is like a low-level flight where the grounds of our capitalist system remain in sight. Profits are reinvested into the next enterprise to regain societal fields, which seem to be completely occupied by conglomerates.
White Box
open marathon

Performing Rio de Janeiro: Artistic strategies in times of banditocracy

Lecture and conversation with Eleonora Fabião

“Performing Rio de Janeiro” departs from a discussion about a specific place and time -- Rio de Janeiro during the first decade of the twentieth first century. We will depart from the works of local artists to dialogue about aesthetic, political and psychophysical strategies to recreate a city in times of political banditocracy.  A key concern is: what do you want art to move and how to make it?   Answers involve site-specificity, time-specificity, community-specificity as well as economic, historical and institutional forces.
Mobile Salon - Hairdresser
open marathon

Three Workshops on Books and Hair

by The Haircut Before The Party

 Three whorkshops on books and Hair
A collective exploration of The Haircut Before The Party's (THBTP) Library.

With contributions from radical publishers PM Press, Semiotext(e) and Verso, The Haircut Before The Party (THBTP) have assembled 75 books for their salon library at Truth is Concrete. Across the walls of our salon we find Guy Deboard and Henri' Lefebvre, Tiqqun and Claire Bishop; these texts offer us a landscape from which to respond to some of the questions posed by this marathon festival/camp.The full reading list can be found Join us as we tear these books from their comfortable shelves. With pencils and questions, help us to draw lines through these texts as we peel back their covers collectively. The full reading list can be found here.

This workshop: What is concrete now? Work, post-work, art and the social subject.This workshop will be co-facilitated by Gavin Gindon.

Venue: Mobile Salon - Hairdresser, Klosterwiesgasse 5, 8010
Black Cube

The state artist 2012

Tactic talk by Omer Krieger (IL)

What are institutionally-engaged art practices? What is this thing which is both a law and a poem? What can we learn and unlearn from the public servant, the court jester, the ombudsman, the poet laureate, the artist politician and the city artist? Omer Krieger presents a group of public art projects initiated in Jerusalem and in other cities, which focus on new roles, rather than objects.
Black Cube

Enacting populism: On the transformations of myths

With Luigi Coppola (B/I), Omer Krieger (IL), Chantal Mouffe (GB/B), Lisl Ponger (A), Wochenklausur (A) et al.
Moderated by Matteo Lucchetti (I)

Populism, as we know it, has become a dominant political topic since its slow but growing appearance in several European countries. In a typical post-political climate namely consensus politics has replaced the former ideological agonistic space of democracy and consequently filled the lack of belief in democracy and its possibilities. This has given way to the rise of a popular frustration which powerfully is articulated by demagogues and those who understand how to move the space of politics slowly from being representative to an open play with its representation in the media instead.

But populism also has a dimension inherent to any democratic regime. In this regard it is a mistake to see the visual strategies that are used every day in the media in order to create cheap and fictional feelings of belonging only as a completely negative symptom of our times. At the same time, material can easily be deconstructed and by this offers clearer visions on how democracy looks like today.

The enacting of populism makes visible how aesthetic strategies are part of the creation of hegemonic powers. At the same time, it enables artistic practices to interfere with the media scape in order to have an impact on the contemporary imagery on politics. We are in need of new, positive and emancipatory myths that can act against the bad mythologies that surround us.
White Box
open marathon

Operation-For something black and hot

Screening hosted by Okin Collective

The video version of Okin Collective performance “Operation-For Something Black and Hot”. It recalls the nuclear disaster in Fukushima and the dubious role of the (self-)censored press during this time. “Operation-For Something Black and Hot” was a production of quasi-Chi Gymnastics, based on the motion studies of public drills - a guide what to do during a disaster with the aim to increase the ability for self-defence aat a time when the government couldn’t protect its people.
White Box
open marathon

We are the Hartmans

Laura Newman

Feature film comedy starring Richard Chamberlain about a community fighting to save their last local rock club.
Black Cube

Occupy now?

Noah Fischer (USA), Hector Huerga (ES), Sri Louise (USA), Tzortzis Rallis (GB), Urok Shirhan Alsaedy (NL/IRQ), Jonas Staal (NL)
Moderated by Florian Malzacher (A/D)

Is the Occupy movement done and history? When last winter more and more camps all over the world were removed, it was said: “We will be back.”
Today almost all visible signs of Occupy are gone – repressive politics as well as broken spirits have prevented a big comeback. While some say that Occupy has just moved into new forms and structures others already claim its failure. Where are we now? Where do we go from here?
White Box
open marathon

The Pinky Show

Screening and talking with and by The Pinky Show

The Pinky Show from the USA is the world‘s only independent super lo-tech metaeducational project by cats. Created by Pinky & Bunny, the Pinky Show focuses on ideas that have been misrepresented or excluded from mainstream discussion.
Black Cube

Every city has a soul

Performance lecture by Carlos Celdran (RP)

Every city has a soul. Every city has a story. Every city has a compass by which to live. But sometimes cities get lost and have a hard time finding their way back home. Carlos Celdran has been performing on the streets of Manila for the last ten years as a way of rediscovering that city‘s soul. His lecture will be about his performative acts and his own musings on a city that has become a reflection of his art and his identity.
Black Cube

Disobedience archive (the free square cinema)

A film night by Marco Scotini.
With Salma Shamel / Mosireen (ET) and films by Atelier d' Architecture Autogérée, Mitra Azar, Critical Art Ensemble, Department of Space and Land Reclamation, Marcelo Exposito, Ashley Hunt, Sara Ishaq, Mosireen, Bassel Shahade et al.

The "Disobedience Archive" reveals the mediatised nature of history. It shows what corporate media conceal and takes back control of the violent expropriation of experience: producing history and therefore rendering it visible. History, considered as a problem of representational politics is at the centre of these films and videos that range from documentaries to counter-information, from film-essays to agit-prop cinema and from video-activism to grassroots community cinema.

Disobedience is not simply a sample of struggles and protests, but rather an archive of the imaginaries, of ways of living, of production, of looking, of learning and self-representation. The current No, the refusal to obey, contemporary dissent, does not propose a dialectic position in relation to power, but establishes itself as a force of creativity and experimentation: of languages, mechanisms and, ultimately, of subjectivities. The "Disobedience archive" has been on tour since 2005, it has grown step by step and has always been shown as an exhibition display.

The film night connects the "Disobedience archive" directly with Tahrir Cinema in Cairo which was set up as a makeshift cinema in 2011 by the Mosireen collective: a screen to show people films dealing with the ongoing revolution. A special programme, from the global protest in Seattle to the current insurrections in the Middle East and Arab world, with particular attention to Egypt, Syria, Yemen and Palestine.
Meeting Point: Laila’s Bar

Daybreak into the city IV: Feminist blinking

Excursions by Theater im Bahnhof (A)
With Hermine Grabner de Luca (A) et al.

Just before the crack of dawn, Theater im Bahnhof invites us to excursions in the urban space. These daily get-togethers for breakfast and a walk in the city of Graz make room for encounters off the beaten track of the busy times during daytime. Every destination has its own main focus and no two excursions are alike.

This morning: Feminists bat their eyelashes in the grey of the dawn at the state of affairs in general. Hermine Grabner de Luca will certainly prepare more than coffee and cake.
White Box

Renunciation & revolution

Yoga for the masses by Sri Louise (USA)

To start the day, Sri Louise invites us to Yoga for the masses: these open level sessions are geared to awaken one‘s political body by exploring what the renunciation of capitalism means for the global “revolution“.
Black Cube

Who can still change course?
Documentary film programme for children and young people

“Garçons Manqués, In einem Pariser Vorort“

(Susan Gordanshekan)

Talk afterwards with Susan Gordanshekan (D)

“Rentner und Studenten“ (Lucian Busse)

Unlike any other film genre, documentary has always been between two sides. On one hand, documentary film is about taking an unobtrusive look at reality, not intervening with it. On the other hand, it was expected to not only describe but to save the world. If one leaves aside the attributions “true or false representation of the world”, another perspective comes into focus: documentary praxis itself is an act of reality. The film programme presents documentaries dealing with social and political action within the living environment of children and young people.
Black Cube

Sound of sirens

Tactic talk by Edgar Honetschläger (A/JP)

"Sound of sirens" is an independent video platform initiated by Austrian and Japanese artists. By collecting film clips it tries to capture reactions after three reactors in the nuclear power plant Fukushima blew up. "Sound of sirens" forms a counterpoint against the unbelievable lies of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the nuclear lobby and gives the countless victims a chance to speak up.
Black Cube

Imagens do Povo

Tactic talk by Joana Mazza / Observatório de Favelas (BR)

"Imagens do Povo" records the daily life of the slums through a critical perception that takes into account the respect for human rights and local culture. The programme began in 2004 as an initiative of photographer João Roberto Ripper with the Observatório de Favelas. Today, it is a documentation centre as well as a research and training station and an association of popular photographers in the labour market.
Black Cube

Contradictions reconstituted

Tactic talk by Jens Dietrich / International Institute of Political Murder (D)

What can a re-enactment add to what the audience already knows? The work on a new IIPM production does not begin with an artistic task, but a journalistic one: to collect an enormous amount of information by researching on location. Then the often contradictious positions of the encountered reality are condensed into a performance and shape a new image of the events, which leads to public discussion and through this, changes the view of the previously assumed historical truth.
Black Cube

Welcome to the desert of the real
Mobile phones, citizen journalists & self empowerment

With Jens Dietrich / International Institute for Political Murder (D), Joanna Mazza (BR), Maryam Mohammadi (A/IR), Salma Shamel / Mosireen (ET), Urok Shirhan Alsaedy (NL/IRQ)
Moderated by Reinhard Braun (A)

Burma 2007. For the first time in history, revolutionary struggle and repressive violence are being immediately documented by people in the thick of it, through mobile phone videos and pictures posted on the web. From that time on, the multitude of several conflict zones, especially in the middle-east, has taken possession of its own representation traditionally kept by the ruling power, by special correspondents or by western artists gloating over transparency, diversity and freedom.

Is the act of snap shooting oneself being targeted by a tank, a moment of re-subjectivation and of feeling of the real, a kind of answer to the virtualisation of the world (like the cutters cutting themselves, as described by Žižek in “Welcome to the desert of the real“)? Or can its image create over it a radical change in the perception of the real, disclosing the hegemony underlying reality?

How to define a new role, responsibility and efficiency for the artist, journalist and new-born image producers? How to empower people to get together in an authoritarian context? How to control the veracity (if necessary) and the circulation of these images albeit censorship and misuse?
The panel will gather people producing iconistic and documentary images of conflicts, aware of their double sided dimension, circulating and empowering practices, in the time of mediocracy.
Black Cube

Random acts: Metropolitan lice

Short film by Leah Borromeo (GB)

Commissioned by the British Channel 4 “Random acts” are shot in collaboration with their subjects as they play in that space and truth between journalism and art. No. 116 introduces the vacuum cleaner, an artist/activist collective of one, modifying police logos.
Black Cube

General Assembly

Facilitated by André Lepecki (USA)

Every day the camp comes together to reflect, discuss whatever is leftover, whatever is boiling, whatever has to be said. The General Assembly is facilitated every day by a different moderator – offering each time different ways of thinking and discussing, of exchanging and criticising.

Through the many, unfolding encounters experienced in the past few days, has a something else been emerging that could offer us alternative images of politics, of art and of activism? It‘s up to us to make the cartography of such an emergence so we do not fall prey to clichés prescribing what is to be “political“, what is to be “activist“, what is to be “artist“, what is to be a “theorist,“ and what is to be a “collective“ (or a “multitude“ or a “people“ or a “group“ or a “party“, etc).
Back Cube

Freethought II: Crisis education

Hosted by Irit Rogoff (GB)
With Janna Graham (GB), Adrian Heathfield (GB) and Nora Sternfeld (A)

“Freethought” is an open platform of education and production devoted to the movement of ideas and practices in and out of dedicated institutions; unframing these from the disciplines, protocols and methodologies that conventionally contain them. The work of “Freethought” comes about through generative critical work that is not a form of protest, but rather a radical restructuring of existent disciplinary, economic and academic boundaries. The “Freethought” initiative comes at a moment of new coalitions between civic institutions, innovative research modes based in practice and engagement and new political actors emerging from within grass roots movements.

The three panels discuss the emergent subjectivities and radical possibilities at the intersection of art, pedagogy and political economy in the current wave of crisis of capitalism.

At moments of crisis, education ceases to be a vehicle for the delivery of necessary information or the reproduction of existing modes of knowledge; it instead becomes a platform for rethinking the social, cultural and political. At these moments it is not only the questions and subjects that are suspended, but perhaps more importantly the actual methodology, by which education is “brought into being” rather than “delivered”. Pedagogy of crisis will explore the incursion of new concepts into the realm of learning which has the potential to disrupt the impetus of cognitive capitalism and the logics of scholarly rationality. A range of rethought concepts such as “practice”, and “spiritedness”, and “participation” and “parrhesia” will be introduced as strategic elements of understanding how we might live out crisis.
White Box
open marathon

SOSka group: self organization as survival

Lecture by Mykola Ridnyi (UA)

SOSka group was found in 2005 in Kharkiv (UA) and unites artists with a similar view on social and political problems. The group deals critically with the neoliberal art system and uses these reflections as material for art works as well as a principle for curatorial and activist activities. With initiatives such as as “Gallery-lab space” (2005-2012) and “Days of apartment exhibitions” (2011-2012) SOSka group develops a local cultural sphere and tries to build an international network based on ideas of exchange, collaboration and solidarity.

Open marathon

The Open marathon is based on self-organisation and is entirely proposed by the participants of “Truth is concrete”. [email protected] or at the guest office in the camp.


Projects on show throughout the whole camp week.


7 workshops accompany the marathon - focusing on practical knowledge and useful artistic stretegies in politics.