First Resolution Concerning an Art Strike in Opposition to the Declaration of Vilnius as the 2009 EU City of Culture Print
Written by Karen Eliot   
Sunday, 21 December 2008 16:05

1.     Be it resolved that the meeting of international artists at the Art School in Alytus, Lithuania from June 27-29 constituted the impromptu creation of the Art Strike Action Committee, Alytus Chapter  (hereafter ASAC-Alytus).

2.     Because it is clear that the conditions that lead to the calling for an Art Strike in 1989 in the UK and the US differ significantly from those in Lithuania and other new EU member states today, it does not logically follow that an Art Strike is a useful response to the bureaucratic initiative known as the EU City of Culture.

Second Resolution Concerning an Art Strike in Opposition to the Declaration of Vilnius as the 2009 EU City of Culture Print
Written by Redas Diržys   
Sunday, 21 December 2008 16:08

1.      After the logical dissolving of the first ASAC-Alytus it needs to be replaced by Second Temporary Art Strike Action Committee – Alytus Chapter (STASAC-Alytus) which has very concrete mission – to realize and suppress Alytus Art Strike Biennial initiative which is already announced to be a counter-position towards the officiality and significance of cultural capital events of Vilnius. It should be dissolved into the logical tasks rising groups immediately after realization of its main goal.


Z Confidential Print
Written by Martin Zet   
Sunday, 21 December 2008 16:13

Martin Zets reaction to official documents relating to art strike 2009 Alytus initiative – mainly to the Second Resolution Concerning an Art Strike in Opposition to the Declaration of Vilnius as the 2009 EU City of Culture

I – hereby mentioned participant of the meeting of international artists at the Art School in Alytus, Lithuania from June 27-29 therefore possibly member of shortly existing Art Strike Action Committee, Alytus Chapter  (ASAC-Alytus) and self appointed member of Second Temporary Art Strike Action Committee – Alytus Chapter (STASAC-Alytus) –  I must confess that in the sense of point 10 of Second Resolution Concerning an Art Strike in Opposition to the Declaration of Vilnius as the 2009 EU City of Culture from July 3, 2008 (Self criticism is to be one of the crucial points of the self organization. No pity to traitors! Eternal blame on them!) I found serious imperfections in my approach to the subject and I want – in an effort to make the whole initiative/movement stronger – to denounce myself and let upon you my future – if there is for me any future in the movement when I question the very base/dogma of the art strike: always I have had a feeling that it is only me who wants keep doing something – that I must fight for that – that the “outer world” tries to silence me. Now such suggestion comes even from inner – closest circle of my friends – should I follow now? Should I really give up? 


What about the preamble? Print
Written by Stephanie Benzaquen   
Sunday, 21 December 2008 16:15

Blame the following piece on that guy (yes, the Incorruptible himself, with whom I’m sharing some time at this very moment). As I was reading Martin’s Z Confidential, nodding on many occasions as Martin underlines central touchy issues, some vicious ideas suddenly interfered with my train of thoughts… What if we had at our disposal some instrument to take the measurement of all traitors and double agents, something whose efficacy has been proven by history –in short something like our own Law of 22 Prairial? So, I produced this little horror (it’s rather indigestible, but please bear with me):

THE LAW OF 20 MESSIDOR (it’s July 8 in Convention’s terms)

The Second Temporary Art Strike Action Committee –Alytus Chapter (STASAC-Alytus) Tribunal is instituted to punish the enemies of the Strike.

The enemies of the Strike are those who seek to destroy strike liberty, either by force or by cunning.

Written by Spart Action Group   
Wednesday, 24 December 2008 10:29

2009 - 2012: The Years Without SPART

From 2009-2012 we declare a SPART Strike within the confines of Northern Ireland. During this time we will neither produce nor participate in any public sport/art events in the province.

Los artistas unidos…. Print
Written by Redas Diržys   
Wednesday, 24 December 2008 11:35
“If the end is the taking of power by the people themselves then the means must be the revolutionary organs of the people – worker councils, community councils, communes etc.
If the end is the freeing of man culturally as well socially and economically then the means exist in the destruction of “culture”.
If the end is the liberation of natural man then the means must be sexual as well as social.
If the end is the “totality” then the means must be “total” – all or nothing.”
Ben Morea. Black mask No. 7, August/September 1967.
The basic reason of disagreement between the artists or lets say art workers is resulted by different treatment of the main positions: what is the artists’ role in the society and what is the artists can to struggle for. Indeed that is the question of the ends and the means.

Art Strike Ideas and Their Application Today (report on the Art Strike Conference and post discussions) Print
Written by Redas Diržys   
Wednesday, 24 December 2008 12:00
The report is based on the materials of the Art Strike Conference held in southern Lithuanian town Alytus in June 27-29th, 2008. The group did not adopted any concrete resolution neither during the meeting nor after it. Therefore I take responsibility to make some very personal overview of the ideas proposed (with some even more personalized commentaries included) which could lead to the better understanding of the controversial approach towards the topic. Many of the ideas presented at the conference I find out of crucial importance while trying to start a real campaign against real construction of cultural capitalism – the particular case of boycotting the EU initiative of sequence of Capitals of Culture which are intending to turn Lithuanian capital city Vilnius into it next year. So far the critical thought in contemporary capitalist Lithuania is very week there was invited international group of people experienced and/or willing to contemplate on the subject.
ZCCA-Libusin in STRIKE Print
Written by Martin Zet   
Wednesday, 24 December 2008 16:52


To:  All who might be concerned

and especially to Redas Diržys  


From: Martin Zet, ZCCA-Libušín October 7, 2008 in Libušín 

Dear Redas Diržys, and all impatient folks,  as part of celebrating the 10 years anniversary of founding ZCCA-Libušín (which nobody, including me, noticed) we got to point of crucial change of our existence:  From this day the Libušín branch of ZCCA-Libušín is in unlimited strike. This strike can be considered to be part of the ART STRIKE activities coming form ASAC-Alytus, STASAC-Alytus, in which also our LEFT LITHUANIAN WING can play some role. 


Written by Stewart Home   
Wednesday, 24 December 2008 16:55

A forthcoming Art Strike Biennial has been announced to take place in Alytus (Lithuania) in 2009. Among other things this Biennal will act as a focus for opposition to Linz and Vilnius acting as European Capitals of Culture in 2009. In 2011 a second Art Strike Biennial will take place to oppose the gentrification of Tallin and Turku.

The Art Strike Biennial was initially called by Redas Dirzys and other activists from Eastern Europe. The Transient Art Strike Biennial Supreme Council of One (London) will participate in the Art Strike Biennial by refusing to produce new work, choosing instead to plagiarise and recycle pre-existing Art Strike materials; as well as encouraging other forms of cultural cannibalism. Simultaneously our experiments in time travel have enabled us to colonise Elizabethean London where we are busy (de)composing the entire works of Shakespeare, Bacon, Middleton, &c.)
Written by Stephanie Benzaquen   
Friday, 26 December 2008 22:41

(original text in .pdf available here)  

Up to you 

“The robe does not make the monk” (character Faux Semblant in theRoman de la Rose, written between 1237 and 1280)

“Only a fool does not judge by appearance” (Oscar Wilde)

 Shirtwaist strikers, 1909

Designing fashion for the Alytus Art Strike

The idea originates from a 2006 article by fashion researcher and curator Deirdre Clemente, “Striking Ensembles: The Importance ofClothing on the Picket Line” (Labor Studies Journal). In her article,Clemente compares the clothing worn by female workers during twostrike movements in the US, the 1909 shirtwaist strike in New YorkCity and the late 1920s-early 1930s wave of strikes in the Southerntextile mills.

Report on the CITIES REPORTS Print
Written by Redas Diržys   
Tuesday, 27 January 2009 19:10

I am proposing the material because I am sure you could find there some very raw, but quite truthful mapping of the cultural colonialism and to what extents are brainwashed the minds of the cultural operators in nowadays Europe.

Short introduction: in January 2003 Austrian artists Fouad Asfour and Catrin Bolt started a research on cities, investigating the views of different persons have on the place where they work and live. They addressed people from the field of art and culture by email, asking them to send a description of a city they live or lived in. The received texts are rather informal and personal and don't give conclusive information about cities. The artists arranged the wall newspaper (click here to read it) which juxtaposes these different and also similar views: professionals who are active in artistic and cultural production express their private view on what they do and where they live.

Untitled Print
Written by Laszlo Beke, [1972]   
Wednesday, 11 February 2009 12:49


In consequence of a law enacting the eternal preservation of the works of art to the end of the …eth century there had been gathered together such a large heap from paintings, sculptures and applied art objects all over the world, that strict measures should be taken to restrict production. The symptoms of the crisis first appeared at the surroundings of the museums: the depots became too small and the works had to be stored in the streets and they made obstacles against the traffic. Then these districts were to be reached only by air-liner or in tunnels pushed through the hills of “nudes”, “landscapes” and “busts”. Some people moved to the country, who could do it. Soon the quays and the suburbs became full of works of art which slowly began to cover half of the country. It was a strange and intolerable situation.


Following the Stephanie Benzaquen’s Ideas from "Picket Line Clothing" Print
Written by Redas Diržys   
Saturday, 14 February 2009 17:56

Teachers's strike in Alytus. 2008


The writing of the commentary was directly influenced by the text written by Stephanie Benzaquen – “The Picket Line Clothing” and particularly the quotation found in it on the drastic changes in the clothing of the female strikers since 1909 through 1930. That is how I got to the idea of the clothing as cultural phenomenon, or let’s say fashion.  Of course the identity stated through the clothing is an important factor while formulating the main issues of the protest, argumentation, demands etc. But I was rather more interested in pre-cultural formations and its role in the resistant fights. Then the fashion role I would prefer to treat as forced element from the hegemony’s side with the task to have one more clearly specialized (i.e. alienated) group in the society.

Written by STASAC   
Wednesday, 18 March 2009 12:50



-I think reviewing the activities which are connected to strikes in general (the picket line is one of them, but also marches with megaphones and music, stands with food, banners, distribution of flyers) could provide an interesting framework for thinking about the materialization of the biennial. One thing though: it's clear that duplicating all these strategies is dangerous because it would limit the artistic (I'm tempter to say organic) developments of the biennial. Still, it can be some reference to be turned to for structuring the event. 


At the moment I see the thing more as combination between picket activity (non artistic esthetics) and something like "artistic abstinence", when artists are doing something what they initially know it will be not documented and there will be no special audience arranged around them. How to structure the thing? That is the main question. One thing is - I want to get the permissions for the artistic event(s) - some 1-2 during the week and to held political manifestations (or political looking events) instead. Artists at the same time (I mean during the whole week) will arrange something like illegal manifestations in the groups up to 10 people (that is allowed by the law). But the main structure of the thing will be the communication between the people coming together - not so formal as a conference, but structured enough not to collapse on the first day. 

Alytus Art Strike Biennial: General Guidelines for 18-23 August, 2009 Print
Written by Martin Zet & Redas Diržys   
Tuesday, 24 March 2009 19:35


1. Anybody who attends Alytus Art Strike Biennial is an artist. Right after approaching Alytus everybody must decide if to take part in the strike or blindly continue in her/his artistic activities (both needed, first ones to be petted and supported for the merciless showing down with the strikebreakers – the second ones.)

2. Strikers will act in the social space without schedule and warning, no documentation is required. On the contrary an attempt to make any recording of current art strike activities will be considered and treated as a scab gesture.

Written by Martin Zet & Redas Diržys   
Tuesday, 24 March 2009 19:42


STANDING ORDER – strict grid for those who trust an order in general, who need the order, for those who cannot imagine living and striking without regulations, for enemies of chaos  

Written by The Dead Revolutionaries Club   
Friday, 10 April 2009 18:42


The Dead Revolutionaries Club herewith announces its participation in the Alytus Art Strike Biennial in August. We will plan, conceptualize, develop and organize a chapter of the AASB from a location here in Johannesburg which is unknown. We are going to present the total absence of artistic production for five days. Each day we will write a report about the absence of documentation, affirmation, and materialization. Thus only handing over to you our immediate stream of thoughts in written form, but not as text. These reports will not be transparent, explainable or translatable but totally immediate and local, radically self-centered and intransigent. At the same time we will not enter any commitment to deliver anything, and while silence is a delivery already we will refuse to announce neither a silence nor a noise, neither a structure nor anything else. Even this announcement is unsubstantial. At the same time you will need to take what you will get.

Written by Lalu Prasad   
Friday, 10 April 2009 18:59



Ladies and Gentlemen,

My brother gave me the note on your website.
I can imagine that you are interested in the art strike my father did with 3 other painters on Neil Island, Andamans India, 1951. My Father Gan Mei Mondal studied miniature paintings at the Academy of Fine Arts in Calcutta from 1933-38. In 1939 he moved to Port Blair, Andaman Islands. It was Charles Francis Waterfall who hired him as a portrait painter. He moved to Ross Island, Andamans, the Paris of the East. 11 years he was forced to paint officers and their women. On 1st February 1951, he started an art strike for 3 weeks with 3 other painters on Neil Island.


He died at the age of 39 in Calcutta 1952.

Written by Martin Zet   
Friday, 10 April 2009 19:30


(an extension of Alytus Art Strike Biennial) 




Founding the ARTISTS’ TRADE UNION or REVOLUTIONARY ARTISTS’ TRADE UNION or ARTISTS’ REVOLUTIONARY TRADE UNION or ARTISTS’ TRADE REVOLUTIONARY UNION is a step I have tried to avoid for a long time for my hatred towards the institutionalization changing by its quintessence natural into structural. Now, at the end of the first decade of the 21st century this step appears to be inevitable. The situation is so unsustainable that artists need to unite or at least pretend to be united to face the social atrocities in culture spheres as well as inner self destructive antagonisms and create an effective representative of this brand of extremely egocentric people who in general hate even the scent of idea of being represented.

Written by Martin Zet   
Friday, 10 April 2009 19:40




An attempt to name some painful points dancing in my head when contemplating the role of an artist in the society while writing the ATU constitution in the form of a theatre play written for Redas, Mihnea, few more friends and undefined unplanned casual witnesses:

MANIFESTO NO 1. 1966 Print
Written by ICAA - Granada   
Monday, 20 April 2009 15:29


A: Become saltier than the sea!


B: Ripe eggs are lying around. Collect them and prepare a delicious meal for all!


C: Suck black blood from the breasts of passers-by!


D: Lock up all curators and museum directors in circus cages!

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