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THE ARTISTS’ TRADE UNION CONSTITUTION Print
Written by Martin Zet   
Friday, 10 April 2009 19:30

 

(an extension of Alytus Art Strike Biennial) 

SHARP WHILE AMORPHOUS IS THE SHIELD OF ARTIST!  

 

INTRODUCTION:

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.

  

 

PREPARING THE FIELD AND THE MAIN TRAITS AND PRINCIPLES IN 23 POINTS:

  

1         During the Alytus Art Strike Biennial August 18 – 23, 2009 the art strikers are expected to discuss the founding, future existence, main goals and function of Artists’ Trade Union (of any name), as the descendant of United Art Strikers’ Front (if it is constituted during the Alytus Art Strike Biennial).

 

2         If the United Art Strikers’ Front is not constituted – to discuss the founding of Artists’ Trade Union (further mentioned as ATU) as entirely new international messination* of artists.

 

3         The discussion has the awakening role – the constitution itself dwells in this document. As well as its dissolution.

 

4         The discussion also guarantees the diversity of the origin – the ATU’s favourite quality.

 

5         ATU has no fixed name – many different names can be used to call this time limited stream.

 

6         BELATED REASONS: The social call for such messination is growing with each day increasingly sophisticated practices applied by tricky and arrogant crooks in all branches of the society to humiliate the weak and naïve megalomaniac artists.

 

7         The willing character of this messination is based on tactical ambiguity which makes it sharp to effectively protect or revenge and amorphous to disallow the counterstroke.

 

8         The personal policy is formed the way that (each time different) concrete or anonymous artists (and their sympathizers) who are capable of making something in hardly imaginable ATU way – will make it.

 

9         Its not a secret society in any sense ATU is TOTALLY PUBLIC, just so messy that its hard to perceive it.

 

10     The essential chaos of this messination will cause absence of any synchronization and will make later investigations (if the things go too far) impossible.

 

11     Let’s make it clear: We** don’t want to destroy our enemies. We love being challenged by them. We want humiliating to become not so easy (some Lithuanian dreamers even call for its complete annihilation – and consider this to be just the first step to the total removal of bourgeois “serious culture” from the society). We want more dignity than we deserve, or at least some. MORE DIGNITY TO CLOSE ONES AND THE DISTANT ONES!

 

12     There are two basic operational directions: active help of any kind to humbled ones (including self-help: PROTECT YOURSELF THE WAY TO HELP THE COMMUNITY!), social restrain to oppressors.

 

13     The messinational structure is as following: direct democracy is guaranteed by the fact that nobody delegates her/his voice = power to anybody else. Everybody keeps her/his own one in her/his hands (throats). There are no elections, no hierarchy, no leadership, no instructions – only these initializing lines – which are not instructing – just making artists aware of this new overwhelming instrument, no rendering accounts. Nobody is really represented by somebody else – the possibility of final self representation is offered – in combination with identification with a colleague in need. To act for somebody else is to act for myself. No reciprocity – every act of support must be made on purely generous principle: UNDYING BLAME ON EMOTIONAL INVESTMENT FOR PROFIT!

 

14     There is no dues, no membership – temporary affiliation is possible and very chiming in with the temporary character of ATU. Nobody will ever know who is at moment part of it.

 

15     One year is the limited duration of ATU in full blossom (from August 24, 2009 to August 24, 2010) – to let it search for its shapes, act in an imperfect way and fade away before reaching the recognition. This way I want to save it from transformation into someone’s interest servable body. ONE YEAR LONG LIFE TO ATU!

 

16     ATU doesn’t need to mature – it’s been already constituted as the sufficiently matured instance.

 

17     The union is mainly spiritual authority with mostly physical activity.

 

18     One of ATU’s strategies which make it untraceable is POTENTIONAL SLEEPING MODE. In fact it’s never sure in what moment it exists and in what it doesn’t. It’s never sure if it exists or it doesn’t in general, either.

 

19     ATU doesn’t have to be mentioned if something is made in some of its names.

 

20     Main task: PROTECT A BIGGER WHOLE THAN YOURSELF! SUPPORT THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF OUR GENERATION! PROTECT OUR MENTAL COOPERATIVE!

 

21     Restrictions: are to be self-defined individually.

 

22     The mission of ATU is to initiate by temporary structure the missing communal consciousness and by disappearing enable its natural functioning.

 

23     Active solidarity without evidence.

 

  

¡LOS ARTISTAS UNIDOS JAMÁS SERÁN VENCIDOS!

 

 

March 22, 2009 

 

Martin Zet

 

ZCCA-Libusin on Strike Unlimited

 

Co-signed by Redas Diržys, STASAC

 

   

* Anti-organization, where organic mess is the main instrument to disorient the enemy and the institutions guarding the order.

** I apologize for jumping from “I” to “we” in some places: certain moments in singular don’t make any sense.