L'Internationale Online is the common platform for research, debate and communication for the confederation. L'Internationale Online is a space where commissioned texts, research and artistic projects, online curatorial projects and exhibitions drawing from the confederative work on the collections and archives of the members' institutions, will be published. The research fields of "Politics of Life and Death", "Decolonising Practices", "Real Democracy" and "Alter Institutionality" intersect these contributions. The Opinion section brings forward and instigates current debates through invited bloggers. L'Internationale Online has the specific function to present the topics addressed in the various activities of L'Internationale. It is a place where both differences and commonalities can appear and be debated.
Nick Aikens, Farah Aksoy, Sara Buraya Boned, Hiuwai Chu, David Crowley, Ida Hiršenfelder, Germán Labrador Mendez, Magda Lipska, Jyoti Mistry, Anne-Claire Schmitz
Assistant Managing Editor:
Anna Granqvist, Tove Posselt
Copy Editor of the English Texts in the Research Section:
Rebecca Bligh, Hannah Gregory
Copy Editors of the Texts in the Opinion Section:
Magnus Liistamo - Fine-art.education
HDK-Valand (Gothenburg University)
Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
The contents of this journal are published according to the terms of the Creative Commons License unless otherwise mentioned.
L'Internationale brings together seven major European art institutions: MSU (Zagreb, Croatia); Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain); MACBA (Barcelona, Spain); M HKA, (Antwerp, Belgium); MSN (Warsaw, Poland), SALT (Istanbul and Ankara, Turkiye), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, the Netherlands), Institute of Radical Imagination (Venice, Italy), tranzit.ro (Bucharest, Cluj and Iasi, Romania), HKW (Berlin, Germany) and VCRC (Kyiv, Ukraine), . L'Internationale works with complementary partners such as HDK-Valand (Gothenburg, Sweden), NCAD (Dublin, Ireland) and ZRC SAZU (Ljubljana, Slovenia) along with associate organisations from the academic and artistic fields, IMMA (Dublin, Ireland) and WIELS (Forest, Belgium). The confederation takes its name from the workers' anthem "L'Internationale", which calls for an equitable and democratic society with reference to the historical labour movement.
The ethics of L'Internationale are based on the values of difference and antagonism, solidarity and commonality. L'Internationale also serves as an apparatus for making visible the standardisation of individual and collective beings, and defends the critical imagination of art as a catalyst for concepts of the civic institution, citizenship and democracy.
L'Internationale declares that art and its institutions have the power to question and challenge their own specific systems, as well as the formal structures of institutions in general, and to be an appropriate platform for the discussion of a renewed social contract. It intends to rehearse new protocols and provide decentred models that transcend the bureaucratic and self-referential structure of cultural institutions. L'Internationale represents a new internationalist model for heritage today, challenging traditional notions of exclusiveness, closure and property. It defends a concept of common heritage that is based on interconnected archives and collections, and it brings together those who view legacy as an active tool in the processes of individual and collective emancipation.
While anchored in Europe, L'Internationale is connected to different parts of the world by a shared sense of urgency with regards certain common questions. One of these urgent questions concerns the possibilities of participation in the global exchange of ideas from any given space. Thus, L'Internationale challenges the way globalising art institutions replicate the structures of multinational powers and the streamlined, centralised distribution of knowledge.