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Thursday, 27 September 2012

White Box
open marathon

Trust me I trust you

Trust Me I Trust You, a dialogue between that state and its citizens, by Mihael Giba.
Project presentation and more.

"Trust Me I Trust You" is a project by Mihael Giba that explores trust and dialogue between politicians and citizens.
Does it all end when we give our trust to the people that must represent us in matters that concern all of us as citizens of the country?
Mobile Saloon - 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: David Harvey's Rebel Cities and The Coming Insurrection; responding to the city as a natural "fact".

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

Graz choir

A project by Salam Yousry (ET)

With citizens of Graz

"The Choir Project" is an independent, ever-evolving project of community-based expression through song – a process with amateur and professional participants, to write music collectively. After some days of workshopping in Graz, now it is time to present the results: new and unpredictable, depending on the theme, the people involved and what happens in the moment.
"The Choir Project" invites people from all walks of life to put their hopes and concerns, their feelings and thoughts, their jokes and woes into song. It started in Cairo, then offered workshops in Alexandria, Amman, Beirut, London, Munich, Berlin, Paris, Istanbul and now Graz.
Black Cube

Absolute democracy

Session 1: Forms of democracy: Activism, art and cultural production
Hosted by Carlos Motta (USA/CO)
With Mariam Ghani (USA), Jennifer González (USA), Miguel López (PE), Nikolay Oleinikov / Chto Delat (RUS), Manuela Bojadzijev (D) & Dont Rhine (USA) & Janna Graham (GB) / Ultra-red (GB/USA)

Session 2: Thinking politics freed from the state
Hosted by Oliver Ressler (A)
With Nicoline van Harskamp (NL), John Jordan (GB) and Isabelle Fremeaux (F), Sofía Olascoaga (MEX), Marco Scotini (I)

The idea of an “absolute democracy“ suggests the need for the redistribution of wealth and power and the radical transformation of systems of rule. It denounces the effects of capitalism and in that way challenges normative understandings of class, race, gender and sexuality. “Absolute Democracy“ convenes an international group of cultural producers to discuss the construction of a plural, heterogeneous, inclusive and “absolute“ democracy. The conference is composed of two sessions: “Forms of Democracy: Activism, Art and Cultural Production“, which features presentations by artists and theoreticians that question past and existing forms of democratic participation, revise historical accounts and interpret forms of artistic production and documentation; and “Thinking Politics Freed From the State“, a session devoted to presentations that imagine new democratic models independent from the State and that envision new understandings of governability and of self-determination.

“Absolute democracy” is related to the exhibition with the same name at gallery < rotor > as part of steirischer herbst 2012.
White Box
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Partizaning /

Make (RUS)

Participatory urban re-planning: DIY-mapping, fake street signs, unsunctioned repair and other tactics from Moscow.
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Speed dating

Ramon Pino Hernandez

A participative performance: Participants will meet each other in a "romantic" way in the format of speed-dating.
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Donde el tiempo se detiene/ Where time stands still & Holy fire

film screenings by Kim Munsamy and Oddveig Sarmiento

About "Where Time Stands Still":
A former military base, a ceremony at the peak of a mountain, a tribunal, a family in Quiché thousands of peasants entering Guatemala City... All this is encountered in Where Time Stands Still. Four characters guide us, along common paths, through their respective searches. Places, images, rituals and voices come together in this documentary in an attempt to present the intersection between memory, pervasive conflicts, histories of oppression and resistance.

White Box
open marathon

Performing disobedience in the streets

presentation and video screening by Lucas Oradovschi Alves

The Collective 'Teatro de Operações' arises from the streets of Rio de Janeiro (Brasil) in 2009 while the city's government began to enforce a important new policy called 'Shock of Order,' in order to control all public areas. This policy profoundly changed urban spaces. Invested in changing the image of the city. The government assimilated the climate of Rio in the competitive global market--attracting events and services such as the Football World Cup of 2014 and the Olympic Games of 2016. Committed to investigating ways to combine street performance and activism, our collective has created many actions and developed strategies to intervene in urban space.
Black Cube

Too many protest singers, not enough protest songs

A conversation between Diedrich Diederichsen (D) and Klaus Walter (D)

What did Edwyn Collins have in mind when he was complaining: “Too many protest singers, not enough protest songs”? The Rolling Stones declared at the outset of their career that it‘s all about the singer not the song. Is it the opposite in the case of protest? And do we have to rethink the pre-pop cultural, almost folkloristic state of affairs of a song-without-singer?
Black Cube

Where has all the protest gone?

Lecture by Klaus Walter (D)

Where has all the protest gone? This has been one of the most FAQs in the discourse on popular music in recent times. After the riots in Great Britain in August 2011, there was a debate about the political – or non-political – character of those events and anyone interested in pop was searching for the young pop rebels involved. What’s the soundtrack of the riots? Another FAQ. In his lecture accompanied by records and videoclips, Klaus Walter tries to answer some of these questions.
Black Cube

Not PC: Talks and songs

Their music is a fusion of Eastern and Western sounds, the lyrics are controversial, always attacking, sharply political, not exactly pc – and deal with Islamic issues in a Western World: The Boston-based Muslim punk band The Kominas and the British Fun-Da-Mental both rebel against the system, struggle with stereotypes, discrimination, racism – and often respond immediately on current political situations with titles like: “Suicide Bomb the Gap” and “Tahir Square Dance” (The Kominas) or albums like “All is war”, (Fun-Da-Mental), which earned singer Aki Nawaz the title “The suicide rapper” in British media. A night of talking about making political music, about ideas, goals, inspirations and of playing favourite songs. A night that ends in a first-time-together DJ-set.
Meeting Point: Laila’s Bar

Daybreak into the city VI: Redressing the market

Excursions by Theater im Bahnhof (A)
With Jisun Kim (ROK) and Doris Psenicnik (A)

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: An encounter between farmwomen and female activists not to just swap clothing.
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

“Det var en gång på riktigt – Once upon a hill“ (Charlotta Copcutt; Anna Klara Åhrén; Anna Weitz)
“Zukunft – Future“ (Kyne Uhlig, Nikolaus Hillebrand)
Talk afterwards with Kyne Uhlig

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

The shadow library

Lecture by Lawrence Liang (IND)

From the ancient library of Alexandria to powerful 20th century institutions like the Library of Congress, the idea of a universal library has always been a utopian knowledge project. In our lifetime, the internet comes as close as one can get to the idea of the universal library; but as a result of intellectual property laws much of what exists on the internet exists as shadow libraries. “The Shadow Library” seeks to locate the history of book piracy within the intertwined histories of the universal library and its forgotten doubles and argues that a more useful way of thinking of the future of the library may lie in ideas of heterotopias rather than utopias.
Black Cube

Copycats vs Mr Big

With Lawrence Liang (IND), Lucifer / Church of Kopimism (NL), Joost Smiers (NL), Andrea Francke & Eva Weinmayr / The Piracy Project (GB)
Moderated by Gary Hall (GB)

Copyright issues are in the media again - this time as part of a propaganda war. Witness Rupert Murdoch using Twitter to accuse Google of piracy, despite himself having been found guilty of heading an organisation involved in hacking. Some small victories in this war have been achieved: the service blackout coordinated by Wikipedia and others in January 2012 resulting in the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill being postponed. Yet the real winner is Mr Big, in the guise of the multinational conglomerates of the cultural industries, who continue to control the production, distribution and marketing of the vast majority of the cinema, music, literature, television, art and design that constitutes our culture.

How, then, might we turn away from copyright laws designed for the benefit of the 1%, to find ways of openly sharing knowledge, culture and education, while at the same time providing creative workers with fair reward for their labour? Creative Commons licences, free and open source software, the movements for open access, open data and open education, free culture, peer-to-peer production, file and text-sharing networks along with other “pirate” strategies may all offer challenges to the current copyright system. Yet do we not need to establish some “chains of equivalence” between them, forms of mutual alignment between, say, open education, free software and even Occupy Wall Street and the student protest movements? Is the struggle for copyleft and copyfarleft only a cultural question? Or does it require the development of a new kind of economy and society: one based far less on possession, accumulation, competition, celebrity, and ideas of knowledge, culture and education as something to be owned, commodified, disseminated and exchanged primarily for the profit of individuals and corporations?



Work in progress by the vacuum cleaner (GB) and Tania El Khoury (GB/RL)

The Metropolitan Police call him a domestic extremist. The NHS label him schizophrenic. “A real and present threat to the safe running of our lawful business” is how E.ON described him at the Royal Courts of Justice.
He prefers the term mental.
After ten years of being an outlaw and inpatient, artist activist the vacuum cleaner presents an autobiographical performance as told through psychiatric records, police intelligence files and corporate injunctions. All obtained through the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act.
Black Cube

Chancellor gone underground

Performance by The Center for Political Beauty (D)

The Center for Political Beauty is a think tank and an association of artists and human rights activists who ride off the beaten tracks of fixed ritual political rhetoric – if necessary on horses. Even the Chancellor in the underground shares the concern to judge things not only by today’s perspective but through the eyes of the next generation.
Black Cube

Random acts: Space Hijackers

Short film by Leah Borromeo (GB)

Commissioned by the British Channel 4 “Random acts” are shot in cooperation and collaboration with their subjects as they play in that space and truth between journalism and art. No. 148 follows some troublemakers with a dapper cut and a razor-edged wit: The Space Hijackers tackle moves by the UK’s coalition government to privatise bits of the National Health Service by planting “For Sale” signs as popularised by estate agents.
Black Cube

General Assembly

Facilitated by Chto Delat (RUS)

Every day the camp comes together to reflect, discuss on 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.

Chto delat runs this assembly developing the model of Bertolt Brecht‘s “learning plays” – educational didactic perfomances centered around certain conflicts with no fixed texts, involving all participants to develop and articulate their own position. The primary purpose of these performances is for all participants to acquire and advocate their attitudes focused on the urgent topics for discussion inside this particular political gathering.
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Neither working nor unworking: Contemporary politics of art and labour

Hosted by Kuba Szreder (PL)
With Hans Abbing (NL), Janek Sowa & Michał Kozłowski / Free Slow University Warsaw (PL), Adrienne Goehler (D), Ellen Blumenstein / Haben & Brauchen (D), Joanna Figiel (GB/PL) & Stevphen Shukaitis / Minor Compositions (GB/USA), Precarious Workers Brigade (GB), W.A.G.E. (USA)

The majority of artists are poor. That‘s the statistical fact. But: Do artists actually work? If they indeed do, it makes sense to investigate the conditions of artistic labour. If they don‘t, it needs an explanation of the artists‘ position in the social division of labour.

The first question is about labour relations in the global art world, where multiple forms of artistic creativity intertwine with various modes of laborious engagement. The operations of the global art circuit, with all its glitter and glamour, are sustained by a poorly paid service work of museum staff, a freelance project-making, an unpaid involvement of artists, an underpaid internship and an intermittent toil of technical personnel. As the constellation of art celebrities and higher echelons of the art world cherish their privileged status, the majority of cultural producers barely make ends meet.

The second area of investigation relates to a contemporary validity of the promise of emancipation that avant-garde art has carried since its modern inception. Art has been mythologised as a vehicle of resistance and defiance of dominant regimes of alienated labour, denying the mundane primacy of effectiveness, productivity and profit making. The question remains what is artists‘ relation to those laborious people who by their toil enable their “neither productive nor unproductive" activity. Moreover it is worthy asking if and how this subversive potential is maintained and played out in the contemporary economy, that employs creativity, self-management and vocational involvement for its own means.
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open marathon

Concretizing communism. Being-in-common and the worlding force of radical communities

Lecture by Louis Jargow (USA)

A presentation on radical communities and how their practices are actual embodiments of contemporary radical thought. In specific we will look at both the European Anarchist squatting movement, the radical intentional communities that speckle the United States, and connect the dots between a philosophical and theoretical framework that includes Tiqqun, Gilles Deleuze, Jean-Luc Nancy, Erin Manning among others. 
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a documentary by Mohammed Saeed

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Global stories / Through different eyes

Lecture presentation by Morton Nielson

"Global Stories" is a social theatre group founded in november 2009 with the objective of stimulating global empathy and social change through art and participation programmes.

"Through Different Eyes" makes it possible to experiment with a new bodily identity simply by getting a complete makeover by professional make-up artists. "Through Different Eyes" is an effective diversity tool developed by experienced thespians. The project gives you an outstanding possibility to see the world from the view of a new ethnic origin or a new sex.

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.