The first presentation of the REALISE project in Collegio Armeno Moorat Raphael on the occasion of the preview of the 56th Venice Biennale 2015 gave a short glimpse on how contemporary art reacts towards the manifold European and global phenomena of crisis. By carrying out a broad program comprising an exhibition, a live cinema performance, workshops and discussions – artists as well as passers-by have been invited to gather and discuss about the ‘nature of the beast’ as well as collaboratively concoct vital pathways of resistance towards crisis.
The exhibition REALISE & RESIST were situated amongst many other exhibitions as for example the official Lithuanian Pavilion in the historical palace Collegio Armeno Moorat Raphael with its magnificent garden and courtyard. The exhibition focused on video works dealing with various phenomena of crisis.
The exhibition was accompanied by different workshops, inviting participating artists as well as passer-bys to get involved and discuss about various aspects of crisis and resilience as well as changing requirements and new economic business models for the creative sector.
In their interdisciplinary workshop (RE)MIX : migration, media, representation & imageries the media artists of European Souvenirs - Karol Rakowski (PL); Okaku Noriko (JP/UK); Farah Rahman (NL) and Benito Jiménez Álvarez - provided the participants an insight in their working methods. By inviting the public to research and experiment how to set up an audiovisual performance within the topical framework of migration and representation, European Souvenirs initiated discussions about new artistic formats as well as about European migration and human rights politics.
The discussion FOR SALE : SELL-OUT - alienation and resilience of societies revolved around questions of changing modes of democratic participation, individual responsibilities, values, daily routines as well as the role of arts and its power to raise individual and public awareness and initiate processes of change. The discussion was introduced by Luise Kloos (AT) from next - Verein fuer zeitgenoessische Kunst.
In the workshop ARTISTIC CRISIS ECONOMY : subcultural, cooperative, illegal, criminal and subversive narratives and practices, the participants devoted themselves to the changing paradigm of culture and utopia. Culture can be envisaged as a large faded palimpsest with numerous layers. The workshop dealt furthermore with questions about what the artists’ idea of resistance to bio political hegemony could be and what possible strategies of artistic crisis economy there are. The workshop was introduced by Josip Zanki, president of the Croatian Association of Artists (HDLU).