circa 106 | resituate the collective #1

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Renen Oh
Kiez.schaft, one step before the last (2019)
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3:40 minutes

This video is an encounter point with two neighbors of mine, a visual artist (Johannes Jakobi) and a musician (Brigitte Haas) and the new works they have created. Their physical presence as well as their artworks and the essence of the encounter are the foundation to the aesthetic and quality of the work.

Diogo da Cruz
Icarus - Wisdom Warriors (2018)
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7:19 minutes

Wisdom Warriors are a collective that designed a revolutionary project, with the potential to drastically change the way society relates to technology and to the power structures inherent in it. The members of this collective meet mostly online and engage in a regular contemporary art practice. Their disruptive "final project" is designed to make every technological tool extremely slow and arduous to use, creating a general frustration that could lead to a rebellious movement. After pursuing this work, they saw the effect of their actions in a closed room, and the striking consequences were transmitted to them online. After a huge celebration, they realised that they had been tricked by the system, and that their whole success was a simulation. Their life project was a lie. By the end of their activity, scepticism and suspicion had taken over the members of the collective. They began to question every information and fact that was reported to them, doubting about their very own existence.

Clara Osterburg Correa
Protestar - 2019/2020

Protest movements and Pandemics are two processes that usually do not function together. All Protests critical of the neoliberal system that emerged 2019 in the whole world are facing their decline. Just as in Chile where millions of people reclaim the streets to fight against the extreme disparities in their country. As probably the world's most neoliberal country, Chile now is forming a kind of dystopia, where the right-wing government utilizes the urgency of the pandemic crisis to regain power. Chile is just an example how social distancing can affect solidarity and the physical basis of social movements. The Project shows a multiplicity of demands of the social movement in Chile as an echo of demands that have been shouted at the streets.

Re-situate the collective / body / place

The first exhibiting group includes the works of Diogo da Cruz, with a project called Wisdom Warriors, speculating around the ways in which one can reclaim the technological means, in order to move against its accelerated expansion, it addresses the conflict between the impossibility of revolutionary act, but ironically insists on movement towards this infeasible horizon. The figure of the warrior implies the battlefield to be physically defined, that brings us to the work of Clara Osterburg Correa, who deals with the dilemma of the police state in time of COVID, when the authorities use extra forces to shut down any collective emergence on the street. She is working with gifs as a medium, which can proliferate easily across the internet. She searches for new ways of resistance and solidarity and thinks through it with us. The local politics has already shown us its limits before the pandemic arises but looking at the work of Renen Itzhaki, helps us to remember a mode of collaborating, which now seems obsolete. Renen shares with us a video, which is capturing the different artists working with the material at hand, a particular form of working together, which we might need to start with. The different approaches try to create a response to the local/global friction, specially in a situation, in which the local is global more than ever.

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