Art is the membrane to what is not art.
Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond
Comment ne pas être gouverné comme cela, par cela, au nom de ces principes-ci, en vue de tels objectifs et par le moyen de tels procédés, pas comme ça, pas pour ça, pas par eux.
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The Art of Being Governed
The Art of Being Governed, a site-specific conceptual artwork developed for Kunsthaus Graz and its social media communication channels is a pioneering art project in public digital space. Paraphrasing Michel Foucault's speech What is Critique?, Anderwald + Grond design five videos that pose the question of how we do not want to be governed. Based on Alexander Kluges' minute films, they employ the principle of montage, whereas the question of how we do not want to be governed is juxtaposed with video images from the public digital space (e.g. YouTube) and reflected beyond the boundaries of their conventional levels of meaning.
Throughout September 2019, the month in which the Austrian election campaign culminates in the National Parliament elections, these video contributions will be launched weekly on advertising spaces of Facebook and Instagram, as well as on the social media channels of the Kunsthaus Graz. The Humanic-advertisements (1969-1995), which brought contemporary art and literature into television advertising, are its historical model. This project functions in a similar manner, although it operates in public digital space, where political debate, as well as political manipulation, have developed over the last years. The web platforms, that Facebook and Instagram offer are based on algorithms that define what is shown, to whom, in which way, and what is excluded. The exchange with these algorithms is not only part of the project but has become an integral part of our daily lives and the way we are governed and govern ourselves – individually and as a society.
The Art of Being Governed is an innovative experiment in cooperation with Kunsthaus Graz to reflect the platforms of Facebook and Instagram as art-producing media and to reclaim the public digital space – which is currently dedicated to commercial/political interests – for artistic expression.
Disclaimer: The project team have made every effort to cite the authors of the remixed materials, videos and soundfiles correctly. We apologise for any inadvertent errors and omissions. Parties who nevertheless believe they can claim specific legal rights are invited to contact the project team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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︎ Foundation wannseeFORUM
︎ Museion, museum of modern and contemporay art, Bolzano
︎ Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
︎ Melk Memorial, Zeithistorisches Zentrum
Art Works! European Culture of Resistance and Liberation
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II the interdisciplinary project Art Works! European Culture of Resistance and Liberation connects the fields of arts-based research, political and cultural youth education, and remembrance cultures. Co-developed by Roman Fröhlich, Foundation wannseeForum Berlin, and the HASENHERZ association (Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond) this project includes an international youth encounter with renowned European artists engaging young people in artistic research on the theme of resistance and liberation from fascism. Starting points for this project are songs, poems, graffiti or other artistic creations dedicated to the subject of resistance and liberation from the period between 1938 and 1945. In a process of research, critique, and reflection the young participants examine historical artworks and, supported by professional artists, move on to co-create their own artworks that connect the historical findings to the values needed in the here and now. Reflecting on these historical-cultural roots is key to understanding and appreciating today's Europe.
On the intersection of youth work, current artistic practice, and political and cultural education, the project has set itself the goal of investigating cultural assets as a tried and tested means of resistance and liberation on the basis of concrete, local examples, and of reviewing historical works and their modes of action with regard to the present, based on the thesis that learning from history for the present is only possible through critical analysis and creative application. The power of the imagination inherent in such artworks makes it possible to meet the future with an inquiring and imaginative mind. In this process of research, critique and reflection, the participants examine the historical works and, supported by professional artists, move on to co-create artworks that connect historical developments to the here and now. By encouraging the participants not only to reflect the artworks from this period but to become artists themselves in the further course of the project, the project aims to open up a new perspective on the connection of culture and politics and shed light on what might be a European culture of resistance. More soon.