"WHICH WAY OUT? WHICH ART?"
Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1 from 15h
@ Ex-Macello - Via dei Mulini 23/25 – Cesena (Italy)
We go back to the drawing board with the question: Which radical way out?
During the last F.A.C.K. #2 event we asked ourselves about the meaning of our actions in relation to the political and economic situation that devastates our being in the world and about possible ways out of it. We opened a debate that has not been in any way concluded. Many felt that what is needed is more time for conversation. In following months, some of us continued the discussion and the necessity appeared for a more open and broad confrontation in order to understand if the sense of unease common to many may lead to a shared paradigm shift or to strictly individual one.
This time another crucial question adds up: which art?
“Take the politics: why does it not finally examine persons’ lives? Not biological life, bare life, which today is continually in question in often vain debates on bioethics, but the various forms of life, the way in which each of us is linked to a use, a gesture, a practice. Also: why art, poetry, literature, are museified and relegated to a world apart, as if they were politically and existentially irrelevant?” (Agamben)
The transformations of society have influenced and shaped so far different artistic languages and the underlying production models. Take the modernist formalist tradition for which art has its own autonomous rules and values not linked to social, political or everyday life. As is known the modernist myth of autonomous art was formed within the nascent 19th century bourgeois society and was the expression of ideological and economic interests of capitalistic elites (it eventually led to the formation of art market as we still know it today). As is sadly known too even the rebellious impulses of the 20th century avant-garde movements, which questioned the given concept of autonomy and sought for alternative languages and models, have been in most cases captured by the system (market), or ether simply marginalized.
Today, within the devastated social landscape that surrounds us are emerging some fresh and innovative cultural experiences in which new models of collaboration, self-organization and self-production are experimented. Those experiences call for radical redefinition of the concept of autonomy and for critical reconsideration of its potential in the present context. Will these emerging micro-models be able to generate the new artistic language(s)? Are they too doomed to being captured or marginalized? Or perhaps is (finally) becoming possible a different art - made by persons (artists or not), for the persons (spectators or not), and solely in the interest of the persons? An art not only truly unhampered from various ideological and economic interests - and in that sense effectively autonomous/independent - but also and above all able to influence and transform the present social paradigm based on profit and exploitation, on domination and exclusion.
On November 30 and December 1 F.A.C.K. meets in public at Ex-Macello in Cesena (Italy) for a shared reflection on those (and other linked) crucial questions. We invite those active in the field of contemporary arts and culture as well as all interested individuals to join the debate (or simply be present). The meeting is open and the debate adopts the form of a round table. Those who wish to participate can confirm their presence by e-mail: email@example.com
F.A.C.K. is temporary and transitional, open and collaborative platform-event self-produced and self-organized by participating artists, theorists, curators and technicians. Its aim is to question the contemporary art system and to experiment with new models of organization and production in performing and visual arts. F.A.C.K. explores, both through practice and theory, the critical means for personal and social change within the context of the current crisis. The August 2012 and May 2013 events took place in Cesena (Italy), each lasted about two weeks and included performances, concerts, workshops, debates, film/video screenings and exhibitions with the participants from both Italy and abroad.
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* fragments from the debate on 25 may
first part - https://vimeo.com/77408206
second part - https://vimeo.com/77957681