[artinfo] Fwd: MANIFESTO Hijacking

Beöthy Balázs b2 at c3.hu
Tue Aug 9 21:19:29 CEST 2022

(by way of János Sugár)

DebatikCenter of Contemporary Art (DCCA) is pleased to present MANIFESTO.

MANIFESTO Hijacking: exhibition and public talks
July 4-September 11, 2022

A collaboration with ZETA Contemporary Art Center in Tirana, MANIFESTO 
comprises an exhibition, a series of public talks and performances, a 
publication series on art and politics, and the launch of several online 
projects. These projects collectively strike at the foundations that 
bind together contemporary art and oligarchic power, gnawing at networks 
of neoimperialism and proposing new foundations for solidarity and 
MANIFESTO starts from the premise that the state machinery in Albania 
has captured the artistic means of representation, turning contemporary 
art into a mechanism for systematically providing cultural capital and 
overall legitimacy to a corrupt financial and political elite. This 
oligarchic elite obscures itself behind bureaucracy at the same time 
that it abuses the private data of its citizens, and it uses the 
language of global contemporary art (not to mention its funding streams 
and professional networks) to distract from its own violence. From the 
ruins of this broken narrative, MANIFESTO sets out to assemble new 
histories of the present, to build a museum that never stops growing-a 
museum of neoimperialism and neocolonialism, and at the same time a 
museum of resistance. Truths are piling up in the halls of this museum, 
coiling like snakes, buzzing like hornets. It is time for a new wave to 
MANIFESTO has seen the great spectacle of disaster, conflagration, and 
decomposition: it is the spectacle that we are all now living. To 
dismantle this spectacle, the organizers of MANIFESTO proclaim the need 
for a HIJACKING. Every spectator is a plotter-yes, and every spectator 
is a hijacker. MANIFESTO is the name for a spontaneous sneaking into the 
logics and the architectures of corruption, of neocolonialism, of 
artwashing. Hijacking won't wash out.

MANIFESTO also includes the launch of several online projects, 
including/Relational Aesthetics/, a map of the connections between the 
global art world and Albanian politics;/Nothing to Hide/, an application 
that empowers citizens to map the systems that surveil them in public 
space; and/Internet War/, an ongoing conceptual text project by Italian 
artist Marco Mazzi.
DebatikCenter of Contemporary Art is a nexus of artists, academics, 
activists, architects, imaginary and real collectives, critics, 
curators, journalists, translators, etc., who seek to shine a light on 
authoritarian practices in Albania, but also to offer the necessary 
tools to imagine alternative futures and strategies of resistance to the 
status quo.
Summary of events:
/The Press Conference/: July 4, 11am-12pm
Tirana International Hotel, "Metropol" Room, Tirana, Albania.
/The House That Woodrow Built/: July 4, 7-9pm
Exhibition open from July 4 till September 11 at ZETA Contemporary Art 
The Violent Curator: July 5, 7-9pm
A lecture by Sonja Lau at ZETA Contemporary Art Center.
Snakes: Capitalist Realism: July 6, 7-9pm
A lecture by Raino Isto at ZETA Contemporary Art Center.
CryptoParty 2022: September 9, 5-9pm
A workshop about protecting personal data by Redon Skikuli and Boris 
Budini at ZETA Contemporary Art Center.
Art as a Medium of Truth: September 11, 7-9pm
A lecture by Jonida Gashi at ZETA Contemporary Art Center.
ZETA Contemporary Art Center
Abdyl Frashëri Street, Nd.8, H.7, Ap.4 (2nd floor)
Hekla Center
1019 Tirana, Albania


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