Revolution is again the word of our times. Since 2009, through different movements around the world, we have consistently seen more people in the streets giving voice to their desires and demands than in any other period during the past three decades. There seems to be a common understanding of the word ‘revolution’ formed from new communication technology. Revolution is the hype. The word revolution and the ‘aesthetics of resistance’ have become a desirable icon, most of the time without a living narrative and sometimes massively embraced by commercial means. Meanwhile the motives behind specific struggles within different cases disappear and sometimes contradict. Global Revolutions / Local Contradictions asks:
- How does the mainstream translate, reenact and make use of a so-called ‘political aesthetic’ into its own language?
- What happens to the ontology, agency and urgency of images coming out of an uprising when new communication technologies promote a global mass distribution and repetition of those images?
- How do individuals sitting behind their computers translate that urgency into their own daily life and context-specific political responsibility?
- How do immediate social-political transformation processes influence the practice and aesthetic language of visual artists and cultural practitioners living within or without a movement?
Mindpirates invited Pauline Doutreluingne, Cynthia Iurinic, Azin Feizabadi, Mirak Jamal, Dina Kafafi, Jens Maier-Rothe, Nine Yamamoto-Masson and Margarita Tsomou to develop the program. Global Revolutions / Local Contradictions includes a series of talks, film screenings, workshops, performances and public interventions. Global Revolutions / Local Contradictions is an ongoing project structured as a three-part-event taking place from July through September, 2012.
13th July – 12th August: Visual Library
9th – 12th August: Citizens Reporting
13th – 15th Sept 2012
Schlesiche Strasse 38, 3HH
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