A Situationist Worker




Šeštadienis, 09 Birželis 2012 21:53

But I was first struck by the true dimensions of that problem in 1970, when Faith and I attended a guerilla art action protest against Art Strike, which was itself a protest against ‘racism, war and repression’. A group of famous white male artists led by Robert Morris decided to withdraw their work from the Venice Biennale, a prestigious international exhibition, in order to protest US bombing of Cambodia and the murder of college students at Kent, Jackson and Augusta. Although the protest was supposed to be against ‘Racism, War, and Repression’ (sexism was not yet on their agenda), Art Strike then expected to mount a counter-Biennale in New York without altering the all-white male composition of the show. This seems to be the key to understanding the intrinsic limits of Western cultural avant-gardism: while it can no longer deny its own white male supremacist presuppositions it cannot be rid of them either.


In the first years of our feminism, working through an organization that we founded called Women Students and Artists for Black Art Liberation (WSABAL), Faith and others succeeded in opening this exhibition to women and people of color. WSABAL was also influential in the subsequent development of Ad Hoc Women Artists, led by Lucy Lippard. This group repeated WSABAL’s 50 per cent women demand in their protest against the Whitney Biennial, which was in the habit of including white male artists almost exclusively. Specifically because of Faith’s research and support of Ad Hoc, black women artists Barbara Chase Riboud and Bettye Saar were included in the next Whitney Biennial.

[Michele Wallace “Invisibility Blues”]


In 2009 artists in Alytus responded to the EU city of culture award to Vilnius, by declaring an Art Strike and hosting an Art Strike Biennial. I was involved with the IWW at the time and put forward the idea of creating a psychic workers union. This was to counter Bolshevik ideas of a division between cultural, political and economic organization of workers as well as the bourgeois Eurocentric ideas of art production as separate from other creative activities.


The Psychic workers union was indeed formed when I left the IWW in 2009 after briefly organizing with the Cambridge branch as they would not support the terms of myself and the Art Strikers of Alytus – so we created the DAta Miners Travailleurs Psychique. This summer we have been attacking the Manifesta Biennale, the Berlin Biennale and also linking up with the artists of the Dakar Biennale. We saw it imnportant to not only attack Eurocentric bourgeois culture at its source (the art biennial) but also in its neo-colonial form in Dakar, Senegal while also extending the hand of comradeship to the African black and coloured artists there.


This is not about identity politics – but about (re)defining what we mean by the Proletariat! Any situation is defined in Time, Space and Class – and its measurement begins with the here and now – our own situation as workers who are constructing it.


That’s why recent texts of the psychic workers are always talking about black power. The failure to link up the strikes (of workers), the protests (of students) and the riots (of the so-called “lumpen” proletariat) in a time when the most vulnerable in society are being hit by government cuts is not necessarily the sign of total defeat. Much is going on which is invisible - unrepresentatable – outside and beyond the surface of the spectacle. However international proletarian organizing and uprising will inevitably make contact with the spectacle in order to destroy it.

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Ketvirtadienis, 16 Liepa 2009 19:15




Antrojo laikinojo meno streiko vykdomojo komiteto Alytaus skyrius (STASAC-Alytus) paskelbė meno streiką, nukreiptą prieš ES iniciatyvą paskelbti Vilnių Europos kultūros sostine 2009 m.  Tuo pačiu STASAC pakvietė viso pasaulio menininkus prisijungti palaikančiais streikais per visus 2009 m.


Skirtingai nei Gustavo Metzgerio ir Meno darbininkų koalicijos (Art Workers Coalition) 7-ame dešimtmetyje iškelta iniciatyva boikotuoti meno institucijas, ši iniciatyva, kaip, beje, ir 1986 m. paskelbta Stewarto Home‘o iniciatyva nekurti meno laikotarpiu nuo 1990 iki 1993 m., orientuota į pačių menininkų provokavimą susivokti „meno“ ir „menininko“ sąvokose. Prieš tai vykę streikai buvo nukreipti prieš Meną, kaip specifinę buržuazinę konstrukciją ir siūlė priimti naują „kultūros darbininko“ poziciją.


Meno streikas nėra pagrįstas nei konkrečiu darbu, nei regionu, nei profesija – todėl šnekėti reikėtų ne apie darbo sąjungą, ne apie Profesinę sąjungą, bet greičiausiai apie Industrinę sąjungą, suvokiant kultūrą kaip industriją. Tuo pačiu tai yra ir pasipriešinimas bogdanovistinei Proletkulto (arba proletarinės kultūros) sampratai, kuri teigia trinitarinę struktūrą: proletarinės sąjungos sieks ekonominių tikslų, Komunistų partija – politinių, o Proletkultas užtikrins kultūrinius ir dvasinius gyvenimo aspektus. Mes privalome ieškoti galimybės integruoti visas šias sritis į savo kasdienį gyvenimą ir užtikrinti tiesioginę kontrolę, kurią vykdys patys dirbantieji.

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Ketvirtadienis, 16 Liepa 2009 18:26



The Second Temporary Art Strike Action Committee – Alytus Chapter (STASAC-Alytus) has called for an Art strike action against Vilnius becoming European Cultural Capital for 2009, calling for Sympathy Strikes all over the world to support The Strike activities in Lithuania during the whole year 2009.


Just as the art strike Campaign launched in 1986 by Stewart Home which called upon all artists to cease their artistic work between 1990 and 1993 – was, unlike the art strikes proposed by Gustav Metzger and the Art Worker Coalition in the 1960s, not merely a boycott of art institutions through artists, but a provocation of artists addressing their understanding of art and their identity as artists.
In these previous strikes there has been a critical position against Art as a specifically bourgeois construction, and an adoption of the position of ‘Cultural workers’.


As the art strike is not centered on a job or region or trade – it is not a matter for a Job union, a Trade Union but an Industrial Union – that of culture as an industry. However in order to attack the Bogdanovist position where proletarian culture or proletkult is the third part of a trinity of revolutionary socialism, Whereas the unions would attend to the proletariat’s economic interests and the Communist Party, their political interests, the Proletkult would look after their cultural and spiritual life – we should look to the integration of all of these activities into our daily life and under the direct control of the workers at large.

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Šeštadienis, 16 Gegužė 2009 20:44



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Penktadienis, 15 Gegužė 2009 15:46


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