Critical Art Ensemble
Winning Hearts and Minds
July 19 2012
A SHE S
performance for dOCUMENTA(13)
of the series
performance by Miriam Wuttke
video by Antonio Manfredi
soundwork by Veronica Mota
SineDie project room and CAM Art War
in reference to CAM Art War
initiated by Antonio Manfredi
The performance site, a small house in a remote industrial area, is located behind Kassel Hauptbahnhof/main station, which is one of the dOCUMENTA(13) sites this year 2012. The performance will start at 12 pm sharp and will last exactly 60 minutes. It will feature Miriam Wuttke as solo performer in an installation inside as well as outside the house and will merge pieces of her series “HOME-LAND-LUXURY” with the concept developed for dOCUMENTA(13). This will include a 60 minute auto-video of Antonio Manfredi, Italian artist and contemporary art museum director, who initiated CAM Art War and who was involved closely in the development of the piece. The soundwork is created by Berlin based sound artist Veronica Mota who will compose her 60 minute piece according to performative movement and gesture and the images of the video of Antonio Manfredi. Visitors can enter the house as well as watch the performance from the outside and are very much welcome to become the recipients of a token which will be given to them by the end of the 60 minutes.
Antonio Manfredi, artist, museum director and initiator of CAM Art War, is sitting in his desolate museum in the outskirts of Napoli, on a simple chair, his back to an empty white wall, in front of him a pile of ashes and burned pieces of art. Crumbled paint, melted canvas, lost images. No words. Why did he start the action of burning paintings of his museum collection? He calls it a war. His weapon, the fire, is the catalyst of destruction, the pile of ashes is his material and manifest statement. The image of fire devouring an appraised piece of contemporary artwork triggers questions and bewilderment in all of us, creators and recipients. On the first sight, it seems to be a harsh method creating nothing but destruction and public arouse. Giving it a deeper thought it reflects what we are willing to do anyway bowing to the dictatorship of the market: Burning our contents. Burning our history. Burning our individual heritage, our cultural richness, our pride, our souls. Finally, the significant implication of catalysing the process of decomposition is the idea behind the material object. It becomes a common value in the moment it is documented, communicated and openly discussed.
In this way, the ashes as the material left overs, reprersenting the idea of the common value behind the act of destruction, become a fertilizer and a symbol of change and reconstruction.
Torpeding the common hierarchy and coherences between victim and perpetrator, the act becomes a sabotage of a conservative and closed system.
The human and individual aspect of this act is the process of transgression, a gesture of movement against an isolated settledness, crossing a border to overcome a nonexistent fear which is imposed upon us.
This is my home and I built it. I am a daughter of Europe, a daughter of YOU as the embassador of the gereration handing over our common history and values to me. I am here to receive and to act according to these values. And I am YOUR mother, a giver, a care taker, a fighter. I prepare our common grounds. Using the ashes as a fertilizer for new things to grow, to come and to outlast. I spread the ashes to mingle with the wind, the earth, the air, the water. I use my freedom to carry the weight I learn to cast off, piece by piece, step by step, day by day. This is a silent correspondence. Miriam Wuttke, June 2012
The AsheS and pieces of burned art works in the video are of the following artists who participated in the action of CAM Art War: Ashis Gosh, India; Helga Gasser, Austria; Severine Bourgignon, France; Filippos Tsitsopoulus, Greece; Astrid Stöfhas, Germany; Mohamed Alaa, Egypt; José D’Apice, Brazil; Cheikh Moustapha Ndiaye, Senegal; Alemka Divoje, Croatia; Rosaria Matarese, Italy (representing Italian artists); Emma Wood, UK (representing Blake College London artists); John Brown, Wales-UK (representing Wales artists); Carmen Carmona/Movalatex, Spain (representing Spain artists); Rumen Dimitrov/Popa, Bulgaria (representing Bulgarian artists from Duppini Art Group); Robert Gyuris, Hungary (representing Hungarian artists); Barbara Fragogna, Berlin-Germany (representing Tacheles Center artists in Berlin); Anna Francis, England (representing AirSpace Gallery Studios artists in Stoke-on-Trent-UK); Ana Frangovska, Skopje-Macedonia (representing Macedonian artists); TEAM[:]niel Vienna; Qing Yue, China (representing artists from Trieste and Slovenia); Nikola Dzafo, Serbia (representing Art Klinike artists in Novi Sad).
The complete list of artists who participated in the CAM Art War are:
India, Ashish Ghosh
Austria, Helga Gasser
Wales, John Brawn
Slovenia, Massso, Jasna Merkù
China, Qing Yue
Egypt, Mohamed Alaa
Croatia, Alemka Đivoje
Germany, Astrid Stöfhas
Paris, France Severine Bourgignon
Stoke-on-Trent, UK (AirSpace Gallery Studios) Pete Smith, David Bethell, Behjat Omer Abdulla, Brian Holdcroft, Kate Lynch, Joyce Iwaszko, Glen Stoker, Anna Francis
Berlin, Germany (Kunsthaus Tacheles) Barbara Fragogna, Petrov Ahner, Chiara Mazzocchi, Miriam Wuttke, Alexander Rodin, Chris Rautenberg, Robert Förster, Josè Urhè, Astrid Stöfhas, Anneke Gräper, Martin Reiter.
Brazil, Josè D’Apice, Mary Fox
Toledo, Spain Fernando Barredo
Senegal, Cheikh Moustapha Ndiaye
Pécs, Hunghery András Pinczehelyi, Endre Kis, Miklós Kulman, Nóra Devecsei, Róbert Gyuris
Rome, Italy Nicola Mette, Alessio Onnis, Luigi Ieluzzo, Dino Ignani
Greece, Filippos Tsitsiapoulus
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria (Duppini Art Group) Rumen Dimitrov/Popa, Cvetelina Maximova, Georgi Minchev, Rumen Rachkov, Nikolina Djanovska, Stefan Petkov, Margarita Rachkova, Elena Dimitrova, Katerina Milusheva, Kristian Lapchev, Valentina Radeva – Lapcheva, Milen Djanovski, Milko Bojkov, Konstantin Denev, Atanas Totljakov, Borislav Petrov, Penjo Penev, Trifon Kalfov, Bumbal Damjanov
Córdoba, Spain Carmen Carmona/Movalatex, Manuela Jodral, Felipe Gutierrez, Juan Jurado Granados, Miguel Angel, Moreno Carretero, Jesús Leiros, Javier Hidalgo, Antonio Polo, Antonio Blázquez.
Hamburg, Germany Anneke Gräper
Vienna, Austria TEAM[:]niel_Veronika Bayer, Claudia & Daniel Feyerl
Trieste, Italy Giuliana Balbi, Gianfranco Bernardi, Patrizia Bigarella, Adriano Fabiani, Chiara Vecchi Gori, Alice Zen, Nadja Moncheri.
Naples, Italy Rosaria Matarese, Tony Stefanucci, Lello Lopez, Fabio Donato, Iabo, Raffo, Mauro Kronstandiano Fiore, Michele Spina, Fausto Rullo, Stelio Maria Martini, Maurizio Esposito, Tonino Raucci, Mimmo Maria, Ornella De Martinis, Antonio Palmieri, Giacomo Montanaro, Raffaele Boemio, Luciano Campitelli
London, UK (Blake College of London) Emma Wood, Ella Benham, Mujeeb Bhatti, Blanche Ellis, Mark Hamilton, Harrison Moore, Kasia Piechota, Ixchel Prada Rojas, Mahsa Ravan Pak, Chelsea Scholes, Juliet Sugg, Maria Tayyab, Ivonne Vargas, Ava Watson, Shayan Vaziri Tabar;
Taormina_Sicily, Italy Yanco
Norwich, UK Neil Powell
Skopje, Macedonia Ana Frangovska;
Novi Sad, Serbia (Art Klinike) Narcis Alispahić, Želijko Anƌelić, Danijel Babić, Petar Balaban, Grupa Baza (Branka Miličić i Vladimir Barbul), Mirjana Blagojev, Atanas Botev (MK), Jovana Budošan, Zoran Bulatović, Aleksandar Bunčić, Gordana Čekić, Vesna Cupurdija , Maja Ćurčić, Aleksandar Dimitrijević, Bojan Dojkić, Maša Dujić, Tanja Dukić, Nikola Džafo, Zoran Gashi, Vesna Grginčević , Sima Gucunski , Katarina llić, Vladimir llić , Dejan Jankov, Jastra Jelačić, Filip Kadvanj , Predrag Kočović , Valentina Kovač , Dragoslav Krnajski, Aleksandra Pleskonjić IIić, Photo Toma Lučić, Nikola Macura, Milan Matavulj ,Aleksandar Matijevic, Dusica Mihajlov, Mikrob i Mixup, Marina Milanovic, Dragan Miličić, Nebojša Milikić, Milan Milić Jagodinski, Srƌan Milodanović , Vladana Moldovan, Vasja Nagy, Milan Nešić, Dragana Nikoletić, Borislav Nikolić, Peda Nikolić, Kolja Obrovski, KMP Ogledalo, Branislav Perić, Irena Peškova, Sibila Petenji Arbutina, Ivan Pravdić, Danilo Prnjat, Lidija Sakal, Vladan Samardžija, Ida Softić, Biljana Stanimirović, Dušan Stošić, Živka Suvić Petrović, Dula Šanta , Robertina Šebjanič, Tamara Vajs, Marinko Vlemir, Srdan Veljović, Lea Vidaković ,Nebojša Vilić (MK), Jelena Vladušić , Anica Vučetić, Radislav Ratko Vučinić (MNE), Miloš Vujanović, Marijana Zabeljan, Jovanka Zlatković , Sanja Žigic , Dorde Popić , Ratko Radivojević, Srdan Velijović, Svetlana Ninković, Lea Vidaković, Zlatko Teleki Silver.