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Ist das noch Kunst oder schon verboten? – Spanische Künstler im Konflikt mit neuen Sicherheitsgesetze

http://www.daserste.de/information/wissen-kultur/ttt/videos/sicherheitsgesetze-in-spanien-100.html

Lange bevor in Europa im Zuge der jüngsten Attentate von Paris wieder eine Verschärfung der Sicherheitsgesetze diskutiert wird, hat Spanien bereits in diesem Sommer eine Gesetzesänderung durchgeführt: Zeitgleich mit einer Strafrechtsreform trat am 1. Juli das “Gesetz zum Schutz der Sicherheit der Bürger”in Kraft, das neue Strafbestände schafft und Bürgerrechte einschränkt. So gilt eine Demonstration vor dem Parlament als “Störung der öffentlichen Sicherheit” und ist mit Bußgeld belegt, Bilder von Polizisten dürfen nicht mehr “unbefugt” benutzt werden. Somit können Medien etwaigen Machtmissbrauch durch die Polizei nicht mehr so einfach dokumentieren.

“Knebelgesetze” führen zu juristischen Grauzonen

Auch bildende Künstler sind betroffen, wie etwa der Medienkünstler Daniel García Andújar, der in vielen seiner Arbeiten mit Bildern und Videos der diversen Protestbewegungen in Spanien arbeitet. Damit bewegt er sich jetzt in einer juristischen Grauzone. Er will sich von den “Knebelgesetzen”, wie die Spanier das neue Bürgerschutzgesetz und die Verschärfung des Strafrechts nennen, nicht beirren lassen – ebenso wie viele andere Künstler, Publizisten und Bürgerrechtler. “Das hat mit unserer Regierung und ihrer repressiven Politik zu tun”, sagt Andújar. “Die Leute sind die letzten Jahre viel auf die Straße gegangen. Es kam dabei zu Ausschreitungen, und lange Zeit trugen Polizisten keine Identifikationsnummer. Aber jeder hat ein Handy. Die Polizei-Bilder gingen also rum. Jetzt versucht man, diesen Informationsfluss zu stoppen.”

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ACTS OF VOICING

October 13, 2012 – January 13, 2013

Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
Schlossplatz 2, D – 70173 Stuttgart

Bani Abidi, Daniel García Andújar, Anonym / Transgender Voice, John Baldessari, Samuel Beckett, deufert + plischke, Ines Doujak, Juan Manuel Echavarría, Tim Etchells, Rainer Ganahl, Mariam Ghani, Gary Hill, Anette Hoffmann / Matei Bellu / Regina Sarreiter, Karl Holmqvist, Ranjit Hoskoté, Jacques Lacan, Minouk Lim, Mara Mattuschka, José Pérez Ocaña, Manuel Pelmus, David Riff / Dmitry Gutov, Anri Sala, Smith / Stewart, Marcus Steinweg, Imogen Stidworthy, Rasa Todosijevic, Fadi Toufiq, Ingrid Wildi Merino / Decolonial Group Berlin, Katarina Zdjelar, Yang Zhenzhong and others

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transmediale 2012 Programme Overview

/ Tuesday 31 Jan 2012 – Opening Night

17:00
transmediale 2012 Exhibition Vernissage
Dark Drives. Uneasy Energies in technological Times curated by Jacob Lillemose

with artworks from Ant Farm, William S. Burroughs and Antony Balch, Art 404, Bjørn Erik Haugen, Bureau of Inverse Technology (B.I.T.), Chris Burden, Chris Cunningham/Aphex Twin, Constant Dullaart, Costanza Candeloro and Luca Libertini, Daniel García Andújar / Technologies To The People, Heath Bunting, Jack Caravanos (Blacksmith Institute), Vibek Raj Maurya, Jaromil, Jennifer Chan, JK Keller, JODI, jon.satrom, Junko & Mattin, Marcelina Wellmer, Matteo Giordano, Karla Grundick and Mistress Koyo, Paidia Institute, Peter Luining, Ruth White, SPK, Steina and Woody Vasulka, Sture Johannesson, Nikola Tesla, Jay Dahl, TR Kirstein, Tracy Cornish, UBERMORGEN.COM, VNS Matrix, [epidemiC], Franco Berardi, Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG

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THE RESCUE OF THE EFFECTS – Notes for a Theory of the Reader


// Opening: January 19, 20:00.

// Aditional opening hours: January 20 – 22, 15:00 – 19:00.
// General Public, Schönhauser Allee 167c, 10435 Berlin
With: Daniel G. Andújar, Sol Calero, Constant Dullaart, Embankment, Herzbeat hotel, Bettina Hutschek, Jeleton, Christopher Kline, Phanos Kyriacou, Regina de Miguel, Alexandra Navratil, Paloma Polo, Teresa Solar, Poderes Unidos and JODI.
In a landscape where reality has long ceased to be seen without the presence of auxiliary instruments, which constructs at the same time its registration and setting it up as an archive, the experience does not conform directly in contact with the world but as a mediated doppelgänger. In this type of situation we should not forget that each of the disseminating and accumulating structures that support the architecture of the information is itself a technology with a built-in ideological organisational criteria, of inclusion and exclusion.
This project is built from reflections on creative reading with an active attitude regarding materials from libraries, archives, collections or found-materials establishing with a critical fascination some series of narrative itineraries that discover hidden relationships from the intra-history, the creation of fictions and the infraordinary to practice a critical reading of their architecture, an anarcheology of the structures of knowledge and the everyday-life as well as an analysis of structures of consciousness formation.  
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Armed citizen

Armed citizen

Presented in the exhibition as an upgrade of almost 100 images, the internet project Armed Citizen shows a series of 17 small arms. No information is given on their origins. Who owns them? Are they being used as criminal evidence? Are they perhaps murder weapons? Who does the ›armed citizen‹ of the title refer to — the police? Or a citizens’ defence group that has taken up arms? Is there some allusion to the liberal firearms laws in the United States, to bloody incidents like the amok shootings that took place in Columbine High School, Colorado, in 1999, or in the Gutenberg Gymnasium in Erfurt in 2002? Armed Citizen is difficult to pin down. But it is safe to assert that it deals with an indeterminate feeling of fear and menace, and, by association, with the growing longing for security in a world felt to be increasingly less safe. The exhibition deliberately groups Armed Citizen in a kind of »security zone« together with Heath Bunting’s CCTV and Rachel Baker and Heath Bunting’s CCTV Sabotag — further irational works pointing to the essential futility of technology — or weapons based protective measures. (Inke Arns)

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Awards and Acknowledgements

A long list of awards conceivably and inconceivably bestowed on the Technologies To The People website which, as its makers would have us believe, is »one of the most popular art sites on the internet «. Framed in silver like a collection of especially valuable postage stamps, the some 30 distinctions presented in the original thumbnail format include »Browser Watch — Net Fame!«, »An Internet cool site of the day«, »Magellan Star Site«, »Prescribed by Dr. Webster’s Web Site of the Day«, »Art Dirt« — »Your Webscout Way Cool Site«, and »Orchid Award for Page Excellence«. (Inke Arns)

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