[artinfo] Fw: Support Macao!
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Sat May 12 19:27:57 CEST 2012
> Feladó: perjovschi dan <perjovschi at yahoo.com>
> Macao is a present from a better tomorrow
> Since Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Milan the city is being reinvented: in a friendly takeover, inhabitants and art workers have entered the skyscraper Torre Galfa and opened Macao,
> the new
> center for art and culture in Milan. The historic high-rise
> office building is
> owned by Fondiaria Sai Group, and has stood empty for fifteen
> Thousands of people are participating in the opening of Macao, in an exceptional and transverse way, appropriating and repairing the spaces, making the new center visible and lively.
> Every day is an experience of exchange of common intentions and
> visions. The occupiers are working to develop an innovative
> perspective for the
> creation of an art and culture center for Milan.
> Macao has already received a flood of inquiries and proposals: academies, universities and intellectuals want to cooperate. Everyone brings knowledge and abilities,
> offering means of
> production, relocating entire courses and workshops to Macao,
> with the aim of
> making it a driving force of creativity, the common weal and
> free expression
> for all.
> Amazed and excited by what is happening, we are witnessing a
> process of invention and participation that opens up new
> perspectives for
> action, and for rethinking culture.
> The emptiness of the tower was like a symbol of the widespread crisis, beyond economics, of a system that finds no positive use for spatial resources; and of politics,
> which has no
> answer to the crisis because it is part of the problem. Instead
> of waiting for
> top-down solutions, the occupiers have taken the fate of these
> spaces into
> their own hands,
> thus making a precious gift to the city.
> Contrary to mainstream thinking, in times of crisis culture is anything but a superfluous, marginal issue.
> believe Macao can help to develop a new way of thinking about
> power structures
> and a different understanding of the time of life, with energy,
> resolve and
> All this is contagious!
> But let's not kid ourselves: this cultural laboratory is endangered and already threatened with eviction.
> mustn’t allow this positive process to be stopped by misguided
> application of
> policies of law & order and political repression disguised
> as civic
> We strenuously support this constituent practice and request the political actors and the public in Milan to voice their support as well,
> to actively back the occupation - and to put a
> halt to the announced eviction.
> Gerald Raunig, philosopher, European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies, Vienna-Zürich
> Christoph Schäfer, artist, Park Fiction, Hamburg
> Margit Censki, artist and filmmaker, Park Fiction, Hamburg
> Bert Theis, artists and curator, Isola Art Center, Milan
> Steve Piccolo, artist and musician, Isola Art Center, Milan
> Oliver Ressler, artist and filmmaker, Vienna
> Dan Perjovschi, artist and journalist, Bucharest
> Nomeda Urbonas, artist, Pro-test Lab, Vilnius
> Gediminas Urbonas, artist and professor at MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, Cambridge
> Andreas Lang, public works, London
> to sign the petition, please send an e-mail to bert.theis at fastwebnet.it_______________________________________________
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