rebuild recompose rejoy

To flow like air in the streets is not natural by dailylabel
21/06/2016, 10:56
Filed under: art, joyful heterogenous culture, my dear city, resources

Air time is “is an audio work and collective action that was performed synchronously in public space in 10 cities across Europe as the opening of TRANSEUROPA festival 2013.”

See details below – but for now  i’m thinking first to the performance I set up in 2013 in Lausanne, allowing to audio travel to Bobigny or Berlin from Lausanne: PortailEuropTransLocal, based on the sci-fi genre of teletransportation.

So we enjoy the (public) space we have in cities. And we definitely should celebrate it, every time we’re out on the street, walking with confidence among all these other people, frictioning with thousands of habits and ways of being, deciding at each street corner what is the best, shortest, most exciting, preferable path to wherever. The question though I want to quickly raise is how to qualify the kind of freedom cities offer (or not) to their inhabitants. Freedom of movement, at least in Europe, is taken for granted. Yet it is not so long ago, there were doors (barricades, customs, racketing, etc… long story I know) around and in the city. It sounds naive, but in the context of these kind of audio works, it would be relevant to think about the fact that they are possible at all, and how they test, extend, confirm, confront rulings that are not, or hardly, explicit. Moreover in the context of hardening fronts when it comes to demonstrations.

For the finish, this very good historical up working of “Bewegungschöre” and their possible function in the city by Ligna:

Still from Tanz Alle, LignaScreen Shot 2016-06-21 at 10.34.49

“This performance happened on 6th of June 2013 in Düsseldorf. Questioning the relation of dance and politics, LIGNA invites radio listeners to remember bodily the nearly forgotten heritage of the movement choirs that were part of the workers movement in the Weimar Republic.”


details for Air Time

5th October 2013 at

1:30 PM

2:30 PM
DAM SQUARE, Amsterdam

3:30 PM

AIR TIME is the result of the collaboration between 12 artists under
the direction of the artist collective LIGNA (Ole Frahm and Torsten
Michaelsen): Anna Hoetjes, Jordi Ferreiro, Joanna Von Mayer Trindade, Flaviu Rogojan, Kerri Meehan and Alex Ressel, Alexandre Poisson and Alice Lahana, Roman Štetina, Elisa Abela, Nataliya Todorova, Wojciech Tymicki

The project received funding from the Culture program of the European Commission and Allianz Kulturstiftung


sand and movement: a agglomerate by dailylabel
13/02/2015, 09:41
Filed under: art, joyful heterogenous culture, resources





heap of sand for my installation

Piazzale Europa (MA*GA), Gallarate

Show “Voglie vedere le mie montagne”




In his book ‘Sand: The Never-Ending Story’ British geologist and sand expert Michael Welland

The construction of a house costs on average two hundred tons of sand.

watchdog Global Witness sounded the alarm in 2010 with its report ‘Shifting Sand’


Earlier this year, we looked at the idea of forensic geology, whereby even a single piece of sand can be tracked back to its terrestrial origins. As that link explains, the source of electronics-grade silicon is often deliberately occluded from public documents, treated as an industrial trade secret. Here, though, it is not microchips but internationally recognized political territory that is being mined, traded, and assembled—a black economy without audit or receipts.

“The problem movements like these have is stickability. The challenge is for them to build structures that are ongoing; to sustain these new voices.”


That art is produced under such conditions regardless – that the resistance that art forms may well be continually destroyed, that the heads will continue to be shot off as they have been throughout the capitalist epoch – does not, for Adorno, justify such resignation to the course of the world, and the jettisoning of artistic expression into a whirlpool of blind contingency. Steyerl certainly disagreed: her theoretically most forthright contribution to the evening was a claim that a distance from the artwork, its separation from the subject as object was problematic. In her defence of engagement she claimed that dialectics doesn’t work, and probably never did. But for Adorno such a position would amount to a misrecognition of what it means for art to be social: sociality is not just the immediacy of violence, but instead precisely the mediacy of a violence that conditions an alienation from and within society, a social separation of the things of the world. For Adorno art can become critical only in taking up its separation from society which is itself part of society.

But Adorno at least would resist a claim to a practical immediate truth found in partisanship, which despite being part of society would hope to discover deep within itself some power that has escaped society’s total system of production and value. For Adorno the part and the whole are already fully mediated in one another – indeed this is society’s dialectical form.

Finally instead of imagining a great online commons it would note that the systems of value and valorisation that drive this vast machine are only partially encompassed by it, and while offering a practical use within it do not give a full representation of circulation itself, and therefore offer no capacity for the system to become self-conscious.

It is not the case that semblance itself is not capable of critique in the way that concepts are. But rather that the semblance made universal fails to recognise its own political limitations.

To this class of entrepreneurs there is no means of action that would transform history, and works of art disavow their responsibility to history through claiming pure semblance as pure content while renouncing questions of form.


Aside from the defense of privacy and the regulation of the algorithmic panopticon, other political strategies must be explored. We need maybe to invent new institutions to intervene at the same scale of computation of governments, to reclaim massive computing power as a basic right of ‘civil society’ and its autonomy.
Humankind has been always about the alliance with alien form of agency: from old microbes to new medicines, from old materials to new technologies. A progressive political agenda for the present would be then about moving at the same level of abstraction of the algorithm: in order to make the patterns of new social compositions emerge.

what a day by dailylabel
18/09/2012, 12:55
Filed under: itinaries of desire, resources, statement, world news

How to get on with this? I start with a basic statement by Gene Ray talking in Greece about how modernity is questioned by the coming biospheric meltdown (and nearly continued on josh fox’s Gasland. but didn’t have time for the whole now) I step back and try to get some definitions: Are we now in the anthropocene?

This gives a kind of horizon. Well it seems to at least. But then there is the twist. The thing that comes back in very unsettling way. There is no safe point of view. It’s bound to be collective at some point. I got interested in traumas, especially of war. Since Benjamin talking about the non-experience of war. I just watched this now (in german or french, but you can hear the o-voices in english in the background): Suicidistan – The war coming home. Bringing peace and meaning in an army …

The question of the trauma, the way our minds and bodies integrate the damage appears to be a central loci to explicit and adress as far as art is concerned with experience. How do we relate to these traumas and give them way out as much as ourselves. It’s a global concern in the most material and tangible way.

lost art on www by dailylabel
04/07/2012, 19:18
Filed under: art, resources

thanks to LBV I could just see what is going to be lost in less than 2 hours.


While in Geneva they finally found it. Or think they’ve found it. It’s not sure yet.

It’s live here:

when you like it … by dailylabel
12/03/2012, 16:16
Filed under: art, itinaries of desire, resources

… do it again!

cake aux raisins secs, rhum et chocolat and get a Déja Vu

Cu in London on Saturday at Publish and Be Damned

(did Brecht say that?)

architecture of decay by dailylabel
09/02/2012, 12:41
Filed under: art, joyful heterogenous culture, resources, statement

the drilling rig from Arnex, 1929, rebuilt on the Place Riponne, Lausanne, for the festival Les Urbaines, migrated in the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, and found a new form.

The opening of the groupshow 9=10 is Thursday, February 9th, 6.30pm.

On Thursday, April 26th, 8pm a performance / lecture will be held by Yves Mettler and Reza Negarestani (via video-conference) as the closing event for their writing collaboration.

Written as a serial publication since the beginning of Mettler’s installation, the text ‘Arnex-1: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Asphalt’ unfolds a psychoanalytical dialogue between the analyst Rig and the mysterious Patient O. Over seven psychoanalytical sessions schematizing the seven circles of hell, the dialogue unravels an aetiological examination of the memory of geological time as the twisted sum of traumatic scars left by the cosmological shock and contingent mobilization of capital. Art’s meticulous attention to the surface (landscape) parallels psychoanalysis’ dedicated focus on superficial phenomena as a means of dramatically bringing into focus transversal dynamics of depths otherwise invisible to the keenest of eyes.

exploiting monuments by dailylabel
06/12/2011, 15:40
Filed under: art, resources, review

Just come back from Jutta Koether’s show in Paris at Campoli Presti where she shows a series of “plank paintings” – calling for possible spaces, re-calling other spaces.

I want them not to be too far for what I started in Lausanne over the weekend with the reconstitution of a dilletant prospective oil rig built in Arnex, Switzerland in 1929 by an entrepreneur convinced by a water diviner.

The public intervention was part of the festival les Urbaines. It will be followed by a recomposition, performing the movement from the public urban space to the museum, in a groupshow to be opened in february 2012. This follows my interest about the sub-history of industrial infrastructures.

I was expecting to find some exciting spaces in the ParisGamesWeek held end of october, but got hardly thrilled by what I saw, although there would be a strange potential about these “landscapes”: