Opinion | L'Internationale Online
How Much Austerity Can Europe Endure?
We plead with all administrators and politicians involved in this crisis to lay their calculators aside for a moment and make an effort to listen to the words coming out of the mouths of those in despair. These are not screams of pain, but acts of speech that try to name what is unjust. Balance needs to be restored, not to our budgets, but to our common sense of humanity.
Collecting Life's Unknowns
Clémentine Deliss
If, today, mass collecting for ethnographic museums has necessarily come to a standstill, which institutions today are still able to place a purchase on life's unknowns? What might a contemporary ethnographic collection look like? Would it be the entire contents of a department store full of the world's functional items and luxury goods with their mixed cultural heritage, skewed authenticity, and multiple producers? Or has the acquisition of life's unknowns shifted from the earlier speculative and occult interests of ethnographers and their museums to the rising market in globalising collections of contemporary art?
Opinion | Vivian Ziherl
Interview: Forced Closures
Vivian Ziherl
The neoliberal politics of closure echoes the modern biopolitical regime of enclosure. Here, formerly productive parts of civil society become rezoned as waste to be shed from the social body. Throughout 2015 the motif of closure has been writ large over the Australian political landscape in particular. The closure of its borders to asylum seekers has escalated, most recently with the revelation of payments made to people smugglers to "stop the boats".
Verifica dei poteri
Patricia Falguières
In this age of global neo-liberal redeployment, a redeployment that impacts on everything, including museums and schools, a much more refined analysis of institutions is required than the obsolete critical apparatus, inherited from the "institutional critique" of the 1970s. And that begins with an analysis of the institutional process itself which has always been postponed by previous generations, certain as they were that legal matters could only be a transparent mask of these same power relations.
The Welfare State Is Not a Thing of the Past
Anders Kreuger
The welfare state has become synonymous with the synthesis of a market economy and active government that characterises both 'Western' and 'emergent' societies today. The term itself can no longer be reserved only for countries such as Belgium or New Zealand, the US or Japan; it also describes how countries as different as Brazil, Turkey, South Korea and China treat their populations. Yet there is little agreement among the many who operate and observe public social policy – politicians, civil servants, trade union leaders, social scientists, journalists, the public at large – about how the welfare state could or should be defined in more precise terms.
Project | M HKA
The Welfare State
The welfare state is an abstract notion. But also very concrete. Political, but also bureaucratic. What does it have to do with art?The welfare state operates with regulations, rights and obligations that apply to everyone in the same way, requiring individuals to identify themselves as members of society first and foremost. In this sense, the welfare state is the antithesis of art. Many artists support the welfare state in both theory and practice, and they are fascinated by rules as such, but they have little interest in following rules formulated by others than themselves ...
Opinion | L'Internationale Online
Are Museums Free?
Manuel Borja-Villel
Is there such a thing as genuine freedom of expression? The governance principles and codes of ethics of organisations such as CIMAM and ICOM appear to guarantee guidelines that ensure all agents can perform their roles freely and independently: employers act as employers and do not interfere with academic or curatorial decisions, artists carry out their work without coercion, and audiences enjoy the material presented to them in an environment favourable to active involvement, not consumption.
"Representation Under Attack" through the lens of the collections and archives of the members of L'Internationale
This first online presentation by the confederation of L'Internationale of their collections considers the collections and archives through the lens of "Representation Under Attack". It is the result and effect of the use and mode of reading of archives and collections to find traces of attacks and controversial approaches towards art and artists in relation to artistic freedom in all its forms. At the same time, it looks critically for evidence of actions that demonstrate the limits of museological and bureaucratic protocols from the perspective of the institutions themselves. These limits intentionally, or not, limit artistic freedom.
Project | MG+MSUM
NSK from Kapital to Capital. Neue Slowenische Kunst - an Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia
In 1984, three groups - the multimedia group Laibach (established 1980), the visual arts group IRWIN (1983), and the theatre group Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre (SNST) (1983-1987) - founded the Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) art collective. That same year, the three groups founded a fourth group, the design department New Collectivism. Later NSK established other subdivisions: the Department of Pure and Applied Philosophy, Retrovision, Film, and Builders. From Kapital to Capital is the first major exhibition of NSK, the art collective that loudly and clearly proclaimed the emperor naked back in the 1980s...
Resources
L'Internationale Post-War Avant-Gardes Between 1957 and 1986
Christian Höller (ed.), et al.
L'Internationale Online launches a new section called Resources, in which the ePub books and PDF documents of the publications related to the confederation, the projects of The Uses of Art, as well as the special compilations of the platform itself will be available for free. Post-War Avant-Gardes between 1957 and 1986, edited by Christian Höller and published in 2013 by JRP Ringier, is now re-published and available for free as an ePub book. It features contributions by Boris Buden, Cristina Freire, Jan Hoet, Piotr Piotrowski, Georg Schöllhammer, Immanuel Wallerstein, and many others.
Opinion | L'Internationale Online
L'Internationale supports Walid Raad, Andrew Ross and Ashok Sukumaran after the recent ban on their entry to the UAE
In recent weeks, the authorities of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have refused visas, denied entry and deported a number of artists and academics including Andrew Ross and Ashok Sukumaran. The reason seems to be the involvement of the individuals concerned with the Gulf Labor campaign to improve the working conditions of migrants at construction sites for the new cultural infrastructures at Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. The latest to suffer this humiliation is the Lebanese artist Walid Raad.
Assembly (L'Internationale)
Agency
The international initiative Agency's artistic contribution, Assembly (L'Internationale), reports on a legal case in Australia. An elder from the indigenous community was charged with theft of the Australian Coat of Arms, while he claimed his action was in response to the fact that his community had never been asked for the right to use images of two animals that are sacred to them. His lawyer's attempt to transfer the case into the field of copyright law turned out to be unsuccessful.
Resources
Representation Under Attack
L'Internationale Online
Following the attacks on the creators of the controversial satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January 2015, the shootings at a debate on free speech in Copenhagen, the punishment of the rights activist and blogger Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia, and the subsequent massive civil mobilisation, the cultural field is forced to process the significance of these events and their wider implications for our work. This is a compilation made for the special issue Representation Under Attack that includes the commissioned essays, works and documents from the L'Internationale members' collections and archives, as well as some recent blog posts.