[artinfo] Friday 25.7. | ArtLeaks: (An)Other Art World(s)? Imagination Beyond Fiction
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Tue Jul 22 11:53:35 CEST 2014
is happy to invite you to
_ARTLEAKS: (AN)OTHER ART
WORLD(S)? IMAGINATION BEYOND FICTION_ 
What are the problems and
challenges posed by the contemporary art system?
What does it mean to
be an agent of change in the art world today?
on Friday July 25, 2014,
TODAY, THE PRODUCTION OF CULTURE IS AN EXPANDING SPHERE OF
ACTIVITY: ON THE ONE HAND, IT IS THE SPACE WHERE NEW MEANINGS AND FORMS
OF SUBJECTIVITY ARE CREATED AND WHERE THE MOST RADICAL FORMS OF ACTIVITY
ARE TESTED - YET AT THE SAME TIME IT IS PRECISELY AT THIS JUNCTURE WHERE
WE ENCOUNTER SOME OF THE MOST GLARING FORMS OF EXPLOITATION AND CONTROL,
WHERE THE GAIN OF PROFIT SEEMS UNRESTRICTED AND SPECULATION IS EMBEDDED
IN THE VERY LOGIC OF PRODUCTION. AT THE SAME TIME, CULTURAL PROCESSES
CANNOT BE REDUCED SIMPLY TO PRODUCTION SCHEMES. THE SYSTEM OF PRODUCTION
AND REPRODUCTION OF HIERARCHIES AND VALUES INEVITABLY COMES INTO
CONFLICT WITH THE VERY NATURE OF FREE CREATIVE ACTS. CULTURE MUST RETAIN
ITS AMATEURISH, JOYFUL APPROACH, TO FREELY SHARE ITS VALUES WITH SOCIETY
- IT SHOULD REFUSE TO CONFORM DIRECTLY TO THE VULGAR LOGIC OF SALE AND
WE INVITE YOU TO IMAGINE A DIFFERENT SYSTEM OF ART AND
CULTURE, WHICH WOULD NOT ONLY GUARANTEE DECENT WORKING CONDITIONS TO THE
MAJORITY OF ITS PARTICIPANTS, BUT ALSO STIMULATE THE CREATION OF AN
EMANCIPATORY CULTURAL SPHERE. WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS AND POSSIBILITIES
OF ALTERNATIVE ART WORLDS? HOW CAN WE ENGAGE AND USE OUR IMAGINATION,
AVOIDING, AT THE SAME TIME, THE TRAPS OF UTOPIAN THINKING?
SOME OF THE QUESTIONS AT THE CENTER OF THE NEW ISSUE OF THE ARTLEAKS
GAZETTE, ENTITLED "(AN)OTHER ART WORLD(S)? IMAGINATION BEYOND FICTION."
THE GAZETTE WILL BE PRESENTED IN A SITE-SPECIFIC DISPLAY AT DIVUS LONDON
BY CORINA APOSTOL, OPENING JULY 25TH. ON JULY 26TH THERE WILL BE A
PARTICIPATORY WORKSHOP, INVITING YOU TO PLAY OUT YOUR FANTASIES OF NEW,
JUST FORMS OF ORGANIZATION OF CREATIVE LIFE, MODEST PROPOSALS FOR THE
FUTURE THAT MAY COUNTER THE SHABBY REALITY OF THE PRESENT.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
_The ArtLeaks Gazette is an activist publication
produced by core members of ArtLeaks, an organization founded in 2011 as
an international platform for cultural workers where instances of abuse,
corruption and exploitation are exposed and submitted to public inquiry.
Through our gazette, we stress the urgent need to seriously transform
these workers__'__ relationships with the institutions, networks and
economies involved in the production,reproduction and consumption of art
and culture. We pursue these goals through developing a new approach to
the tradition of institutional critique and through fostering new forms
of artistic production that might challenge the dominant discourses of
criticality and social engagement that tame and contain creative forces.
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