Turning a new page in a book is a refreshing sound. Like how an old book smells when we crack it open. We breathe in wisdom. We exhale guidance. We don’t even realise the world we are stepping into. Sometimes. We come back to same stories for a new perspective. The Great Wall of Books was born from this provocation. Dreams evolved towards an epic collaborative installation made of steel, timber and time. Books, and deep seeking. It became a space sparking change through subtle engagement with ideas for public encounter. A vessel to inspire critical dreaming and social change. It has been fifteen years to this day. Last year, we came together with the Village Festival of New Art and Performance and Falls Festival to conceive of a new phase in the life of ‘the biggest book ever bound’. Over NYE 2018/19 we facilitated and collated artworks with hundreds of punters – across clay, film, sound, painting, writing & performance. Together these pieces form the basis of the next phase of experimental performance, exhibitions, wildflower gardens, and screenings. At night we screened an evolving film, created from the processes, actions, intrusions, pauses and phases of the material existence in and around the book…
Watch Book of Dream
Maybe the problem is nationalist politics itself.
Maybe the national state is the natural ally of the rightest wing flappable. to keep it up, to keep the make believe real, to enforce its borders and protect its economy and identity from others and mobility itself – the nation state will always move right. of course, the people dont actually believe in whatever state-idea they are born in or forced to become part of, they need it caged around them by prison guards who they outwardly praise but inwardly want to see destroyed.
We must look at a heterogenous cosmopolitics. Here-in lies the revolutionary space, here is where true social movements dedicated to freedom and responsibly for and from all life forms – is developed. Capitalism knows it, its been playing it for decades, and it uses smart language to make us think it is against it (“f’n globalists!”). But of course it knows it for growing capital, not for sustaining happiness, hybridity, and health.
It is time to take the political consciousness and our belief in any singular state apparatus into a non liner, non specific, open, contiguous, global mechanism.
this is what nation states look like:
and this is what they do when they hang out with each other:
“ Sisi also visited Russia as an Egyptian President at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The visit was described by Putin as reflective of “the special nature” of the relation between the two countries. Sisi was welcomed by General Sergey Shoygu who showed him different Russian-made military vehicles and weapons in the airport. Moscow’s Vedemosti business daily reported that Russia and Egypt are nearing a $3 billion (2.2 billion euro) weapons agreement. . On 11 December 2017, during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Cairo, the two countries signed agreements in which Russia would build Egypt’s first nuclear reactor, and supply nuclear fuel for the same. It was also agreed that a “Russian Industrial Zone” would be built along the Suez Canal, explained by Putin as being “the biggest regional center for producing Russian products onto the markets of the Middle-East and North Africa.”
Fuck the nation state! Fuck your singular identity! Embrace a cosmopolitan ethics and develop new modes of relationality across fabricated borders and governance models.
An horizoon of what might be,
without looking out toward it,
always knowing it,
and seeking still
within what is already
Reflections on Derrida after Spectres of Marx.
Humans (can be artists). Performance. Dario Vacirca
Nanjing Museum of Art, China. April 6-7, 2018, Last Minute Festival.
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Multiple bodies (artists) were tethered to audience (buyers). For the duration of the buyer’s stay in the museum the artists were tasked with being a burden and to remain as present as possible to the moment with their buyer. The buyer was required to listen to their artist’s perspective or concern.