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Cosmin Costinas on Sat, 22 Jul 2006 11:19:29 +0200 (CEST)


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[Nettime-ro] No More Reality - Step 2/Belgrade


Video programme, talks, music and performances:

No More Reality* [Crowd and Performance: Re-enactment,
Public Space, Use of
Body]
Step 2

Screening days: 22nd &23rd July 2006
from 8pm to midnight
+ one week of events from 21st to 26 July

Video program: Bernadette Corporation, Yael Bartana,
Johanna Billing, Mircea
Cantor, Jeremy Deller, Marcelo Exposito, Matthieu
Laurette and Jun Yang

Talks and debates: Claire Staebler, Marcelo Exposito
Johanna Billing, Luka
Toyboy, Lorenzo Benedetti, Matthieu Laurette, Cosmin
Costinas, Hito Steyerl,
Jelena Vesic, Suspended Adolescence project and Prelom
Journal

Locations: Center for Cultural Decontamination, French
Cultural Centre,
Context Gallery - Belgrade

A program proposed by: Claire Staebler & Jelena Vesic
Coordinator: Ana Nikitovic
Graphic design: Andrej Dolinka

contact: nmrteam {AT} gmail.com

***
No More Reality, Step 2

No More Reality* [Crowd and Performance: Re-enactment,
Public Space, Use of
Body] is a
platform for an on-going project which examines the
representative and
performative aspects of the crowd in the streets and
the political
implications of body practices in the public space.
It's a mobile
exhibition, and a discursive project that gathers a
group of artists,
theorists, curators, activists, magazines and radio
broadcasters. No More
Reality develops in different steps (see source and
references) in different
locations and interacts with its local environment.
                     ***
>From the setting of art history we can recall two
faces of the crowd: the
first one - the holder of political will
(demonstrations or revolutionary
masses), appearing on many historical or allegorical
paintings and the
second one - more neutral and more dispersed, usually
connected to the
representation of the city, modernity and urban life.
But the crowd is never
neutral. Apparently nameless bodies, anonymous minds
and ordinary settings
are always producing narratives and images related to
the dominant politics
of public spaces. Even impressionist chronicles that
tends to be
'disinterested' mass scenes are not only random
outdoor frames or simple
cut-outs from the street. As records of early
modernity, they basically
announce standardization of the city crowd, early
control of public space
and regulation of the behavior of the masses in the
street.
But, is it the only perspective?
Impulsive, mobile and irritable, as Gustave Le Bon
would say, the crowd
doesn't know the meaning of doubt or incertitude and
is always extreme. On
the basis of Le Bon's description, somewhat arbitrary,
the collective
phenomena will be analyzed for several decades.

                         ***
No More Reality* [Crowd and Performance: Re-enactment,
Public Space, Use of
Body] step 2 has been developed primarily through the
video exhibition a
part of which is a group of delicate works, dealing
with montage and
reconstruction of the protest, crowd in action, mass
performance and media
interventions, will be shown. Part of these works is
dealing with mass
culture and different usages of folklore tradition and
pop symbols (Johanna
Billing, Matthieu Laurette, Jun Yang and Jeremy
Deller). The rest of the
works refer to the aspects of combining of reality and
fiction in the
contemporary documentary video as well as organization
of information and
construction of the image of the real vis-à-vis the
news industry and
spectacularization of media space (Bernadette
Corporation, Yael Bartana,
Marcelo Exposito, Mircea Cantor).

The video exhibition will be accompanied by a series
of lectures,
presentations, talks, public discussions, interactive
music performances and
informal gatherings (with a.o: Claire Staebler,
Marcelo Exposito Johanna
Billing, Luka Toyboy, Lorenzo Benedetti, Matthieu
Laurette, Cosmin Costinas,
Hito Steyerl, Jelena Vesic)

Step 2 will be accompanied by specific publication
that contains short
referential texts, elaborated essays and interviews
with the artists.
                    ***
Sources and References:
- No More Reality [Crowd and Performance:
Re-enactment, public space and
collective utopia], Version magazine no 05, pp.46-48,
essay-conversation by
Claire Staebler & Jelena Vesic, downloadable in pdf on
http://www.versionmagazine.com/

-Radiodays, day 23., contents downloadable on
www.radiodays.org
[search in archive for conversation Ligna-Vacarme,
Jeremy Deller, Nashrin
Tabatabai & Babak Afrasiabi, Simona Denicolai & Ivo
Provoost, ...]

-No More Reality: STEP 1 - Uncontrollable Situations:
Models for Different
Radio Usage, presentation of radio group Ligna.
www.prelomkolektiv.org[search in the chapter
activities]



* The Title No More Reality is inspired by the title
of a performance
organized by Philippe Parreno in 1991  ? No more
Reality (Demonstration).

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