|About Alytus Art Strike Activity|
|Written by Redas Diržys|
|Friday, 26 December 2008 22:27|
Second Temporary Art Strike Action Committee – Alytus Chapter (STASAC-Alytus) calls for the Art strike action to paralyze one of the most primitive and sophisticated snoots of contemporary neo-liberal EU policies – endless sequences of European Cultural Capitals. The art strike calls for striking particular case of Vilnius becoming European Cultural Capital for 2009 and instead to arrange the Art Strike Biennial in Alytus on August 18-24th, 2009. We are also calling for international support to assault the cultural capitals in whatever country it will appear in the future and later to continue the actions in the same place every second year – so to arrange an international network for debiennialization.
How it could be arranged?
What is going to be provided for the Art Strike Biennial in Alytus?
No schedules to be provided – artists appear and disappear in the social space without any wish to document or visualize the shock-result of his intervention.
Artist appears in society in obedient and benevolent way.
Absolute ignorance of professional art criticism.
The Press is to be used as some social duty and only.
No production, no copyrights, no art.
Following the manifesto of Gustav Metzger here will be arranged a ghetto for the artists who are not able to quite doing arts. All arts produced to be delivered during the regular periods to the European Culture Capital what Vilnius is intending for that time to be. We are going to use it as scrap-art-yard-capital.
There will be provided also opportunities for the artists, who are not able to withstand from direct irony and criticism. The target would be the strikebreaking artists, art critics, curators, dealers and bureaucrats. The assault actions are to be planned with each delivery of the art-scrap to the “European Cultural Capital”.
What definitely is to be provided to everybody attending art strike biennial in Alytus – that is the possibility together to construct a Capital of Culture Destruction Machine (based on both Willhelm Reich’s Orgone research and Nikola Tesla’s perpetual motion theories and so following the proposition by Stewart Home). The Orgone accumulator and other machines for distraction the cosmic sexual energy are already started to be constructed in Alytus by group of young artists led by Mantas Kazakevičius. Hopefully for the biennial time the water in the central fountain of Alytus park would be full charged with it. It would solve the problems of less potential and aged artists and will attract much more commons to enjoy absence of art.
Consider the whole of your life, what you already do, all your doings. Now please exclude everything which is naturally physiologically necessary (or harmful), such as breathing and sleeping (or breaking an arm). For what remains, exclude everything which is for the satisfaction of a social demand, a very large area which includes foremost your job, but also care of children, being polite, voting, your haircut, and much else. From what remains, exclude everything which is an agency, a "means" -- another very large area which overlaps with others to be excluded. From what remains, exclude everything which involves competition. In what remains, concentrate on everything done entirely because you just like it as you do it. (Henry Flynt „Against „Participation“: Total Critique of Culture“)