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(en) Swiss, Geneva, SoIA ACT 2 - Summit of Interventionist Art (pt)

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 13 Jun 2003 15:49:56 +0200 (CEST)

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During the masters of the world meeting – the G8, a group of artists from
Geneva organised their symposium related with globalizsation, G-8 and the
way artistic strategies, such as creativity and dialogue promoting and
democratic participation can be achieved in such contextes.
Visit their site: http://www.forde.ch and to see how things happened there.
Discussions on virtual space and public space occurred.
"And we saw FORDE locals being assaulted by anti-riot police,
supposedly the head-quarters of "Black Bloc", according to rumours".


From the website:

SoIA Summit of Interventionist Art

During the G8 Summit ( 1, 2, 3 June 2003, Evian ), Forde will present
SoIA, the <THORN>rst Summit of Interventionist Art. This « workshop »
consists in two public sessions of brainstorming and productions
destined to be broadcast live on independant media networks (www, radio, tv).

"Equipped with networks and arguments, backed up by decades of research,
a hybrid movement - wrongly labelled by mainstream media as 'anti-
globalisation'- gained momentum. One of the particular features of this
movement lies in its apparent inability and unwillingness to answer the
question that is typical of any kind of movement on the rise or any
generation on the move : what's to be done ?

There was and there is no answer, no alternative - either strategic or
tactical - to the existing world order, to the dominant mode of globalisation.
And maybe this is the most important and liberating conclusion : there is no
way back to the twentieth century, the protective nation state and the
gruesome tragedies of the 'left'. It has been good to remember - but equally
good to throw off - the past. [S¹] "
( Geert Lovink & Florian Schneider " A Virtual World is possible, From Tactical
Media to Digital Multitudes " October 2002 ).

" Our investigations focus on the concrete experiences of non-representationist
practices, the constituent activities particularly in the movements against
economic globalization. [S¹] It is about experimental forms of organizing,
which develop in precarious micro-situations for a limited period of time,
testing new modes of self-organization and interplays with other experiments.
The 'organizing function' of art ( Walter Benjamin ) creates new spaces in the
overlapping zones of art practices, political activism and theory production."
( Gerald Raunig « Manifeste de republicart » 07/08 2002 republicart.net )

What opportunities and practices are there for these emerging art forms ? Is it
still relevant for auhors / producers to aim at a balance between the art
market and political activism ? How can one create a new base, parasite of the
existing system ?

Beyond individual issues the necessity to con<THORN>gure a threshold between
Fine Arts, critical activism and real intentions of social change becomes a

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