We have honour to invite you to participate in the Open Social Network Art Project "ART OF TORTURES AND EXECUTIONS - ART AGAINST TORTURES AND EXECUTIONS"
Kaliningrad Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Art, Russia
With the support of
the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
Open Society Institute (Soros Foundation). Russia
Author of the project
Irina Tchesnokova, Elena Tsvetaeva
The objective of the project
The Open Social Network Art Project "ART OF TORTURES AND EXECUTIONS - ART AGAINST TORTURES AND EXECUTIONS" is aimed at initiating socio-artistic activities on the geo-global scale, triggering off practically simultaneous public resonance on the given issue. Due to the initiative the creative activity of the intellectual part of the community followed by creating a new cultural product is triggered off.
Period of implementation
2000 - 2001
The venue of the implementation of each individual project is chosen immediately by the participant or participants in case of collective projects.
The Kaliningrad Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Art in Kaliningrad, Russia co-ordinates and publishes relevant materials of the Project.
Conditions for participation We invite:
Artists using in their activities action, performance, environment, video, multi-media, photograph.
The authors are supposed to give the materials about the event by means of any media: multi-media (CD-Rom, ZIP and, please, only in the PC format), video-, photo- documentation.
Art critics, culturologists, theosophies, sociologists, philosophers.
The authors give in the texts of the analytical and essay's character in the native and English languages. The text can be accompanied by visual information and it should not exceed 5000 words.
The documentation about the events as well as the texts, that have been sent, are not returned to the authors. This material will be placed in a separate section in the Archive of the Kaliningrad Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Art, Russia.
Attention: E-mail should contain the attached files of no more than 1 MB (!)
Recommendations to the authors
The work of art should be created especially for the project.
When publishing and demonstrating your works in any other projects please make reference that the given product was created for the Open Social Network Art Project "ART OF TORTURES AND EXECUTIONS - ART AGAINST TORTURES AND EXECUTIONS" (organiser - Kaliningrad Branch NCCA, Russia).
The accompanying materials should contain the following information
(please, in English):
1. Name, surname, postal and e-mail address of the author (authors in case of the collective projects).
2. Title, year of production of the work, technique and materials.
3. Brief description of the idea of the art event (if necessary).
4. Curriculum Vitae including the place, date of birth, list of the most important exhibitions, publications etc.
Please, transcribe your surname and name.
5. Photoportrait of the author (authors in case of the collective projects).
6. Authorisation (the form is applied).
Deadline for sending the works is February 28, 2001.
In addition you can send any video-, photo- materials, texts, books, catalogues, and booklets most completely reflecting the aspects of your activities. This documentation will also be included in a separate section of the Archive of the Kaliningrad Branch of National Center for Contemporary Art, Russia.
Attention: the organisers have the right for publication and showing of the materials sent within the framework of the Open Social Network Art Project "ART OF TORTURES AND EXECUTIONS - ART AGAINST TORTURES AND EXECUTIONS " in Russia and abroad.
Implementation of the project
1-st stage - publication of the information catalogue about all the participants of the event. It will be sent to all the participants of the first stage.
2-nd stage - selection of the works and production of the CD and collection of the texts. It will be sent to all the participants of the second stage.
Placing the incoming information with the responses on the project web-site.
Distribution of the documentation to the concerned Russian and foreign educational institutions, libraries, museums and galleries with the purpose of popularisation of contemporary art.
Carrying out a conference, colloquia and public debate on the given issue on the basis of the collected material. Work with various social contexts, processes, situations; presentation of the project in Russia and abroad.
Communication E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention: E-mail should contain the attached files of no more than 1 MB (!)
Telephone / fax: 007 - 0112 - 212921
Web-site of the project: NCCA-KALININGRAD.RU/EXECUTION/
236000 Russia, Kaliningrad, P.O. Box 1582
The Kaliningrad Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Art
Please, send the materials (more than 1 MВ) to the address only by registered air mail (please, no DHL, express, UPS etc.)
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the curators of the project by e-mail: email@example.com
I (NAME, SURNAME):
THE AUTHOR of the WORK:
I ACKNOWLEDGE that:
1. My documentation will not be returned to me, and it will be placed in the separate section of the Archive of the Kaliningrad Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Art, Russia;
2. The general edition of the Open Social Network Art Project "ART OF TORTURES AND EXECUTIONS - ART AGAINST TORTURES AND EXECUTIONS" containing my documentation will be distributed as the documentation to the concerned Russian and foreign educational institutions, libraries, museums and galleries with the purpose of popularisation of contemporary art;
3. Each participant of the Open Social Network Art Project "ART OF TORTURES AND EXECUTIONS - ART AGAINST TORTURES AND EXECUTIONS" will receive the information catalogue of the 1-st part of the project;
4. The authors participating in the 2-nd part of the Open Social Network Art Project "ART OF TORTURES AND EXECUTIONS - ART AGAINST TORTURES AND EXECUTIONS" will receive the CD and the catalogue with the texts;
5. The archive materials after completing the project can be used by the Kaliningrad Branch of National Centre for Contemporary Art, Russia in future with the non-profit purposes for carrying out art projects and only after it has been negotiated with me.
I ALLOW THE MAIN CURATOR - UMANSKY Evgeny (Art-director of the Kaliningrad Branch of National Center for Contemporary Art)
1. To include my work or text in the information documentation of the Open Social Network Art Project "ART OF TORTURES AND EXECUTIONS - ART AGAINST TORTURES AND EXECUTIONS";
2. To include my work or text, and also additional materials reflecting the aspects of my activities in to a separate section of the Archive of the Kaliningrad Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Art, Russia;
3. To use the archive material after completing of the project with non-profit purposes for carrying out art projects by the Kaliningrad Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Art and only with my written permission
WITHOUT ANY PAYMENT, COMPENSATION OR REIMBURSEMENT.
The project "ART OF TORTURES AND EXECUTIONS - ART AGAINST TORTURES AND EXECUTIONS" is an open social network artistic communication within the given issue that can be expressed and realised in different forms of human activity.
There is an open access to the project for all participants, along with active invitation of individual persons. Besides, the openness of the project is presupposed by its network nature, and by the large-scale and media character of the subject.
The social nature of the project is determined by the urgent issues of the real life in determining the phenomenon of tortures and executions. The intensification of contrasts in the world between the polar anthropogenous structures is getting ever faster, making wider the gap between them. On the one pole there is a functionally-machinized technogenic type of human being, on the other - primitive societies that have hardly changed for the past millenniums. The space between them is filled with a great number of ethno-confessional groups, among the number of aspects common for them being significant and expressive are attributive and ritualised tortures and executions.
Among the social aspects there could be distinguished the verification result, that is attained at the final stage of the project as statistical and representative information about the socio-cultural human activity within the event.
Besides, the project is based on the conflicting dual position of a human as a Homo Sapience. On the one hand, it is the focus of cruelty, it is the most sophisticated "machine" of violence and destruction; on the other hand - it is the institution of law and protection dealing with environmental and preservation issues.
Network is the most convenient inter-media communicative form of relationships and links. Access to the information (knowledge) for the mass audience is increasing on the geo-global scale thanks to the new means of information delivery, mobility of news receiving, and total spread of networks all over the civilised world. At the same time, the privilege of the State for reservation, receiving, transmission and broadcasting of information is levelling.
By its definition, the institutionalised Center for Contemporary Art, initiating and canalising this project into the society, deals with art. Constituting this project as artistic, but not as multi-cultural, and inviting to participate in it all creative and intellectual-creative individuals and groups who are capable of initiating art-reflection on the given issue in different social spheres, the project participant acts as a field receptor, and as a result the environment is resounded and artistic events take place. Individual artistic implementation of the subject within relative borders can vary, clone, mutate, dissolve and concretise in the local discourse environment.
"Tortures and executions"
It is senseless to philosophise at the category of violence, the presence of which is total in the material life due to the natural and seemingly divine and devilish origin of the phenomenon.
What is important for the society is the phenomenon of truly exclusively human invention of context-applied violence. The practicing, most advanced professional executioners follow the technical progress, introducing innovative means and methods, achieving perfection and efficiency of tortures, and sometimes highest humanity killing without torment and pain. Such is the dialectics of the penetration of technical progress into the deepest and most intimate spheres of human or anti-human activities.
"Art of tortures and execution"
The subject of aggression and violence in the art can be called the common place, the mainstream of the contemporary artistic situation. Cutting own artist's or his colleague's veins in public has become somewhat fashionable recently. And the traditional and trite question "Where is the border line between art and life?" is today answered, even by a "non-advanced" person and not even an intellectual, "Everywhere and nowhere" or "It is where we mark it".
"Art against tortures and execution"
Trying to promote the subject in the public artistic consciousness, the curators of the project again and again make the participants of the event comprehend the idea of the project, and through their creative activities initiate public resonance in the society against the violence of the anthropogenous character.
Please, copy and pass this invitation to your art-colleagues