Written by Redas Diržys   
Thursday, 19 March 2009 19:51

[Comments by Vassya Vassileva (Bulgaria) included]

My thoughts were major influenced from an e-mail discussions with a Situationist Worker and particularly from the Asger Jorn’s text from 1964 “Mind and Sense - On the Principle of Ambivalence in Nordic Husdrapa and Mind Singing”  (http://www.infopool.org.uk/6403.html).

Already starting from the Art Strike Conference (which was arranged in 2008 to prepare the intellectual platform for the even this year to happen) it was evident that Eastern and Western notions on the subject disagree as well as free lance artists’ position confronted “non-free lance’ artists’. No one joint statement was done.

[V.V.] True and appreciated. I’ve also acknowledged some flickering lines of understanding, maybe conformity. Remember moments when the clustered voices carried a sense of wholeness. (Another reason to be pleased with your selection of people). 

Written by Stephanie Benzaquen   
Tuesday, 24 March 2009 19:13


When you mention “Easterners becoming more westerner than Westerners themselves”, I am tempted to add (speaking from the West): “And what about Westerners who try to become more easterner than Easterners themselves?” Isn’t it some kind of Stockholm syndrome, whatever direction we take it (East-West, West-East)? Not that we are in so violent a context as in a kidnapper-and-hostage-in-a-Swedish-bank setting, of course. Let’s admit though that there is in this donning-masks-act something connected to power and obedience. Here is the situation. There was a time when eastern artists thought they needed to do like western artists (the cream of the avant-garde, as everybody knows...) if they wanted to succeed on the western (hence international, as everybody knows) art market. There is a time when western artists, pissed off by the success – institutional and commercial – of artists coming from post-conflict and transitional societies (which used to mean everywhere on this planet but in the West, though such statement demands drastic reassessment nowadays), would like to have too a bit more of dictatorship, war, and revolution in their recent history. Think for a while about the kind of atmosphere in which western artists grew up. Shame, guilt. “We” in the West have been the lucky ones, at the expense of others, so now it’s time to pay the bill. 

Discussion on “Situgraphic…” and its comments: Redas Diržys and Vassya Vassileva Print
Tuesday, 24 March 2009 19:25


R.D. That was very good probably first time to meet with your professional writing (Lotman, Vernadsky...) - read thoroughly and decided not to answer (in the same text), because I really like this kind of open-to-discussion form with your intervention...

V.V. Dear Redas, I wouldn’t call my scribbles a professional writing; it’s only a response to a dear friend. As we go on with our talk

R.D. What’s due to the question - what might be considered a possible condition for common action - yes Vernadsky's noosphere is one of the cases, but all that transcendence story of spiritualism actually was substituted with the vulgarity of cyberspace what is not an adequate one. If to talk on transcendence - that branch of thinking remained in the same scholastic logic but because of increasing mysticism it simply reduced ability for action. I cannot agree that increasing number of thoughts improves physicality - that's from materialistic point of view of course. Even worse - I think thoughts leads to further thinking, but action leads to further action - that is why I am trying to deal with artists (instead of just theoreticians) - the point is balance between action and thought...