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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

White Box
open marathon

Ataya – Tea palaver in the sahelian tradition: On visa issues

With Mohammadou Diol, Kerstin Meyer, Seydou Ndiaye / Kaddu Yaraax (SN)

In the Sahel region, tea has the capacity of bringing people together. There is a ritual of sharing the cups, and guests are always served first. The same pot of tea will be boiled three times, adding more tea, mint leaves and sugar. The taste of each round of tee is subject to comments from the drinkers.  Le débat amène le débat. Debate invites debate. Todays conversation circles around visa affaires: A culture of humiliation, underestimation and harnaque. Participants are invited to tell their stories and perhaps there will be a forum theatre piece created from these.

Ship of fools and other endeavors

Tactic talk by the vacuum cleaner (GB)

In 2010 the vacuum cleaner was threatened with being sectioned under the UK Mental Health Act for six months, which would mean being taken from his home, detained and treated on a locked acute psychiatric ward. But this isn‘t what happened. Instead, the vacuum cleaner sectioned himself, in his own self-made hospital with other artists and non-artists for 28 days. This talk will introduce past works of art and activism by the vacuum cleaner and more specifically his most risky and effective project to date “Ship of fools”.
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: Social space / public space; reclaiming the city.

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

The first corruption travel agency

Tactic talk by Petr Šourek (CZ)

The offer of CorrpuptTour is unique in the history of tourism: The modern day traveler wants choice. CorruptTour offers a selection of corruption packages that includes the opportunity to visit various popular destinations while experiencing first-hand a wide range of corrupt businesses as well as the leading practitioners of corruption. For sure there will be the perfect tour for you and at the right price. Enjoy the best of the worst with
Black Cube

Network as a medium of critique and action

Tactic talk by Burak Arikan (TR)

When one captures a network, does one move from a territory to a map or vice versa? In Gilles Deleuze’s and Félix Guattari‘s words, does a network diagram function to represent something real, or to construct a real that is yet to come? Burak Arikan discusses this dialectical tension between territory and map in the context of networks and in relation to his recent work.
Black Cube

The Jessy Cohen project

Tactic talk by Eyal Danon (IL)

In 2009, the city of Holon invited the Center for Digital Art to operate in the Jessy Cohen neighbourhood, where most residents are immigrants with a low economic background. "The Jessy Cohen project" became an attempt to establish a model for social practice. After about two years of working in Jessy Cohen, the centre has moved all its activities into the neighbourhood.
White Box
open marathon

Dumpster Dinner

A dinner by the workshop "The art of dumpster diving" & Thomas M. Schnölzer / die pastinaken (A)

About a quarter of the daily production of bakery products finishes in the waste container and up to 45kg of food is thrown away by the average supermarket per day in Austria. Dumpster diving is a culinary anti-consumerist protest against today‘s throw-away society. The participants of the “Dumpster diving”-workshop prepare a delicious vegan treat with collected food - enjoyed in pleasant company with some background information.
Black Cube


Hosted by Stephen Wright (CAN)
With Charles Esche (NL/GB), Federico Geller (AR), André Éric Létourneau (CAN), Scott Rigby (USA), Gregory Sholette (USA), Dmitri Vilensky / Chto Delat (RUS), Florian Schneider (D)

Increasingly, practitioners from all fields of human activity are seeking exit strategies – instead of seeking more thorough integration. Voter abstention in elections; the flight from political parties and their organs of representation; the quest for anonymity and multitudinity; leaving academic disciplines in pursuit of more extradisciplinary modes of knowledge exchange; repurposing skills in parallel proto-institutional structures, often better equipped than their official variants. Even in the mainstream art world, an increasing number of artists are simply dropping out – deliberately evading its all-encompassing attention economy and politically enfeebling prescriptions of visibility.

Withdrawal from ideological and institutional capture has a history, but the current forms of offensive retreat suggest that it is more about eluding ontological capture - escaping assignment to a given ontology – as art. Above and beyond the question of “why“ one might seek to escape, and “from what“ exactly and “where to“, is the question of “how“.

“Escapologies” brings together a polymorphous bloc of escapees (and of those who – having contemplated escape – have decided on a self-conscious pursuit of inclusion) to examine an array of escapological strategies which they have implemented, observed or contested.
Black Cube

Methods of social resistance on Russian examples

A film by Anna Jermolaewa (A/RUS)

Russia in transition became a place of an impressive range of creative methods for social resistance: From classic forms such as hunger strikes to innovative and unorthodox methods like art events, walks or toys arranged to mimic a protest, as seen in the Siberian city Barnaul. Opponents from Moscow and St. Petersburg explain their motivations and share their experiences.

Featuring (in order of appearance):
Jurij Melnichuk (PARNAS)
Konstantin Jankauskas (Solidarnost)
Aleksandr Eliovich (Democratic Union)
Irina Fliege (Director of human rights group Memorial, St. Petersburg)
Ljudmila Alekseeva (The head of the Moscow Helsinki Group)
Pussy Riot
Dmitriy Kuminov (Occupy the Court)
Anton Litvin (Artist)
Black Cube

What is to be done?

Russia in transition 
With Dmitry Vilensky & Nikolay Oleynikov / Chto Delat (RUS), Alexandra Galkina (RUS), Anna Jermolaewa (A/RUS), Make (RUS), Elena Gremina & Katya Bondarenko / Teatr.doc (RUS), Voina (RUS)
Moderated by Judith Schwentner (A)

After years of relative resignation, Russia has turned in the last months into a place of manifold resistance: tens of thousands of Russians marched through Moscow amid a stream of banners demanding President Vladimir Putin step down and challenged new laws designed to curb protest against his strongly centralised rule. From the very beginning artists have been participating in the protests, using very different strategies and projects to create symbols of resistance, to infiltrate the Russian order, to fight the system and to show, that they do not agree with the aggressive autocracy of Vladimir Putin, who fights with all hardness against consistently critical voices and members of the opposition.

Actions of the Voina Group (War) or punk-song-performances by Pussy Riot have been elevated to a cult status and – via the internet – internationally received. But the range of political strategies in art is much broader: Art collective Chto Delat (What is to be done) is gathering coverage of the protests on their Web site, the collective teatr.doc uses documentary material in their performances to bring up facts the official media does not mention, Make transforms public space with signs and symbols and the work of visual artists like Alexandra Galkina criticises the commercial structure of society and arts markets.
Meeting Point: Laila’s Bar

Daybreak into the city IV: Listening is a political act

Excursions by Theater im Bahnhof (A)

With Robert Steijn / united sorry (NL)

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: A short trip into nature, to the home of the deer. Many cultures know the ritual “Hirschtanz” but does one need that? Self-taught deer dancer Robert Steijn and his nymphs and gatekeepers welcome the new dawn with the slogan: “Listening is a political act”.
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

„Τα Παιδία ∆εν Παίζει – The game must go on" (Angelis Andrikopoulou, Argyris Tsepelikas) / 

"Felix" (Anselm Belser)
"Radio Amina" (Orlando von Einsiedel)

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

100 questions III

Two tables with two desk lights and 100 questions on index cards, a cordially implacable interviewer: “100 Questions” is a talk show reduced to the max. It is not about figuring it all out, but about sharing one’s world a little bit with the audience: Vit Havránek and Zbyněk Baladrán work together as tranzitdisplay association. Art is for them a contemporary practice which stimulates social relationships and produces its own engagement. Symptomatic of their practice, “Monument to Transformation” (2006-2009) re-wrote the course of history between 1989 to 2009 through transformative and long-term processes instead of breaks and revolutions. For steirischer herbst 2012, they have initiated the exhibition “Adaptation”.
Black Cube

100 questions IV

Talkshow hosted by Pia Hierzegger (A)

Two tables with two desk lights and 100 questions on index cards, a cordially implacable interviewer: “100 Questions” is a talk show reduced to the max. It is not about figuring it all out, but about sharing one‘s world a little bit with the audience: Rabih Mroué‘s search for “Truth is concrete” begins with documents, photos and found objects, and then continues with the fabrication of other documents, other truths. His works deal with issues that have been swept under the table in the current political climate of Lebanon. Directly following “Truth is concrete“ his latest work (together with Lina Saneh) “33 rounds and few seconds“ will be presented at steirischer herbst festival.
White Box

Commoning the space

Interventions, interpellations, strategies 

Recently, space – in its various concretions and manifestations – has become the fulcrum of social contestation: occupations of squares, streets, campuses. Encampments against gentrifications, privatisations, commodifications. Test sites for new social compositions, new forms of solidarity, new political openings. The space is both the metonymy and the actual site where the processes of capitalist capture of collective means of existence and secondary exploitation of intense sociality materialise.

“Commoning the Space“ presents and debates the strategies that the cultural activists – artists, cultural workers, architects, students, etc. – are employing to make those processes manifest, to bring the spaces of antagonism to public attention and to mobilise a public around them.

Starting from the experiences of struggle for the common, the contributors will discuss ways to create a space in common, interpellate a public around it, sustain new forms of social organisation that come to inhabit it, scale and explode its transformative momentum beyond its here and now.
Black Cube


Lecture performance by Eleonora Fabião (BR) and André Lepecki (USA/BR)

“Wording” aims at animating words, always in the context of their live enunciation, which we believe remain central to think, create, co-exist and live contemporarily. It investigates speech acts and acts of listening as essential political-aesthetic elements. For each place enacted, for each edition of “Wording”, different words are chosen and correlated actions created according to the situation: city, moment, language.
Black Cube

Random acts: Dr D

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. 75 presents Dr D - London‘s Prince of Paste, Sorcerer of Subvertisising, Viscount of Vandalism.
Black Cube

General Assembly

Facilitated by Critical Practice (GB)

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

In todays GA Critical Practice reconfigures the spatial, temporal and political arrangement of “Truth is concrete” into a Peer to Peer (P2P) Exchange. Contributors will be transformed into nodes in networks of exchange and the festival’s milling public, will roam between each node to engage in reciprocal, intimate, simultaneous and distributed conversations, discussions and debate.
White Box
open marathon

Interactive intervention

with The Here and Now Collective

You are invited to participate in an interactive intervention with an oily twist. Expect to leave your seat. Join the General Assembly at 14.05 (Black Cube) and meet at the White Box afterwards.
Black Cube

Freethought III: Creative strike

“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.

“Creative strike” is a thought experiment: to connect certain experiences in networked activism and to make an attempt to apply them to current challenges. The question is: Is the so called creative class – whoever is considered as such – actually able to go on strike? What would happen if one refuses one’s creativity to the art and cultural establishment for a certain period of time – instead of continuing to moan about precarious working conditions while still glomming onto the same conditions?

How can a strike be done to show new forms of creativity by refusing the common division of labour and the usual work process? With these new forms of creativity being not just busy with themselves, but actually noticed?
White Box
open marathon


film screening and discussion with Minerva Cuevas (MEX)

Screening (25 min) presented by Minerva Cuevas and discussion with workshop participants and audience.
Through a commented screening of 'Disidencia', a video cartography that traces the signs of resistance in Mexico City, Cuevas will introduce several social movements in Mexico City and together with participants will work on generating an analysis of global struggles.

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.