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ArtLeaks to take part in Tallinn Print Triennial 2022

November 5, 2021

18TH TALLINN PRINT TRIENNIAL “WARM. CHECKING TEMPERATURE IN THREE ACTS” TAKES PLACE IN 2022

Artists: ArtLeaks | Jasmina Cibic | Hubert Czerepok | Agnes Denes | Igor Eškinja | Oxana Gourinovitch | Ferenc Gróf | Flo Kasearu | Eva Koťátková | Volodymyr Kuznetsov | Irena Lagator | Olson Lamaj | Marko Mäetamm | Alexander Manuiloff | Dóra Maurer | Raul Meel | Katja Novitskova | Dan Perjovschi | Géza Perneczky | Nada Prlja | Kaisa Puustak | Driton Selmani | Slavs and Tatars | Société Réaliste | Bojan Stojčić | Endre Tót

Curator: Róna Kopeczky

Dates: 22 January – 27 March 2022

Venues: Kai Art Center | Temnikova & Kasela Gallery | Põhjala Tap Room | EKA Gallery | Flo Kasearu House Museum | Liszt Institute Tallinn | Kanuti Gildi SAAL

Tallinn Print Triennial is pleased to announce its 18th edition entitled Warm. Checking Temperature in Three Acts. The triennial, curated by Róna Kopeczky, primarily gives thought to the radical political, cultural political and social turns that affect Central and Eastern Europe, and  it also inscribes these changes in a global perspective through the lens of universal absurdity. The project gives voice to contemporary artists based in, or originating from, the Central and Eastern European region who reflect boldly and critically on burning issues such as the rise of right-wing phobist politics, globally misplaced priorities, the collapse of democracies, the shrinking of freedom – in both life and art – and the general sense of conditioned fear and hostility prevailing today.

The title reflects more precisely on the mechanisms through which positive notions shift and slide in our interpretation towards the negative realm and become associated with different or contradictory meaning depending on the new contexts or situations they are used in. More concretely, how the originally positive signification of “warm” – an agreeable feeling, the sense of a fairly or comfortably high temperature, and a behaviour showing enthusiasm, affection, or kindness – has become a warning sign of political turmoil, social irritation, symptoms of climate change and global pandemic, and therefore a signal of both natural and social global instability. In meeting this misleading shift of signification, Warm aims to be a contemporary reflection on the fundamentally absurd global condition and on the dissonances of the human condition.

Inviting artists from the regional contemporary art scene with existing works and new commissions, Warm comprises three intertwined cycles entitled The Nation Loves ItPickle Politics and The Science of Freedom, which reference artists and artworks included in the exhibition. The three chapters articulate around the spectacle of absurdity with the intention to dissect and appropriate it. They also playfully propose humour, derision and laughter as an antidote or an imagined alternative that builds on visionary defiance and poetic escapism.

Kirill Medvedev in prison (Moscow, Russia)

November 1, 2021

Kirill Medvedev is an international well known muscovite poet, translator, publicist, acrivtist and community organizer, co-founder of Arkadiy Kots combat-folk band, a long term Free Home learner.

Since long Kirill is engaged in the defence of peoples land and territories defence, against extractivism, real estate development and criminal waste dumps.

On October 26th, Kirill and other activists were defending a courtyard adjacent to Sretenka street from oligarch Deripaska’s development of an unlawful construction, a luxury apartment hotel rising right on the site of historic buildings from the 18th century –  despite the protests of the local residents ( https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=4433364603417228&id=100002311967659). The activists were aggressively attacked by the police and kept in the police station for 24 hours awaiting the court hearing. On October 27th, the Meshchansky court in Moscow sentenced Kirill Medvedev along with Anastasia Borisiuk and Fedor Neronov to 10 days of administrative punishment, reinforcing their detention under Article 19.3. ‘resistance to the lawful demands of police officers’.

As the excavation continues, they are imprisoned at spetspriyomnik nr-r. 1 and 2 already for 5 days.

Please, circulate this message to denounce the increasing punitive repression that activists are subjected to in Russia. You can support and share solidarity posting on your preferred channel or social media, using these hashtags to join the campaign organized by the Russian comrades #ThisLandIsYourLand, #Kirill Medvedev,  #ArkadiyKots, #Russiaprotest #ЗаЧтоСидитКирилл

#SaveGoldsmiths Open Letter to Professor Frances Corner, OBE, Warden of Goldsmiths, Council & Senior Management Team (London, UK)

October 23, 2021
#SaveGoldsmiths
#ADegreeIsNotABrand

We are academics, researchers and artists who have in various ways collaborated with members of the Goldsmiths community over the years or have been members of staff or students ourselves – or are simply acquainted with the College’s stellar reputation.

Goldsmiths, University of London, is internationally renowned for its progressive and critical education, its commitment to social justice and for hosting some of the most respected and creative scholars in the world. Its researchers, writers, musicians, performers, artists and media producers are world-leading; its alumni go on to outstanding achievements, in all areas.

Goldsmiths serves the needs of some of the most diverse communities in the UK, with a high proportion of its students coming from ethnic minorities and socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Currently, many of these students and their families live in boroughs hardest-hit by the Covid-19 crisis.

We are writing to express our utmost concern at the plans for radical restructuring, which threaten not only the jobs of staff members at a time of grave economic crisis, but also the very identity of Goldsmiths as we know it.

We were dismayed to read about the jobs already lost last year through voluntary severance, and are appalled now by the 52 redundancies recently announced for professional and academic staff.

We are distressed to discover that the detailed and crucial expertise of administrative staff central to departments is being disregarded and will be lost, through a misguided centralisation and drastic reduction of the number of posts.

We understand that academic redundancies are confined to the departments of English & Creative Writing and of History in this first round, but that there will be more. If they go ahead, these cuts will irremediably damage research capacity, academic practices and cultures, the student experience, as well as the viability of important and world-renowned departments, home to leading, and often unique, research hubs such as the Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies, the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, the Decadence Research Centre, the Centre for Comparative Literature, the Centre for the Study of the Balkans, the Centre of the Body, and the Centre for Queer History.

We are shocked to hear that the redundancies are being managed by external consultants with no disciplinary expertise, and who do not understand the immediate, middle- and long-term consequences of their decisions.

We hear with consternation that academics with high specialisation are under threat of redundancy even when their area of expertise is being retained – as though Black British and Caribbean Literature, Queer and Black British History, or Critical Theory were mere adornments on a portfolio rather than fields built upon rigorous training and deeply rooted scholarship. Presumably, their posts will be filled by cheaper, precarious staff; or staff with different expertise, asked to take on their (“redundant”) colleagues’ work. But a discipline is nothing without expertise; a degree is not a brand. Yet it appears that Goldsmiths’ management sees its core mission as no different from fast fashion, as a business built on precarity and the misguided flexibilization of a labour force rendered unable to develop long-term commitment to their discipline; in this, Senior Management show utter disregard for the integrity of the education they want to sell.

We are outraged that the Warden, Frances Corner, OBE, and Senior Management appear determined to pursue this damaging course of action instead of, with the same determination, proactively fundraising and lobbying the government for assistance as peer institutions have done – while also making a powerful case against the present ruinous and bankrupt system of funding for Higher Education, and in favour of the recognition of the immense contribution of the humanities and the arts to society and to the economy.

We call upon Frances Corner, upon Council, and upon Senior Management to halt the decimation of the departments of English & Creative Writing and of History, the redundancies within professional services and the current restructuring plans, and to find, in collaboration with their staff, more sustainable and more effective solutions that will protect not only the livelihood of their dedicated and loyal employees, but also the reputation of the institution.

Yours sincerely,

*A current copy of this letter and its signatories is being published at https://we-are.gold/2021/10/14/open-letter-to-frances-corner/

UPDATE

The public pressure that you have helped us put on our management is beginning to make an impact, as the consultation phase for departments and staff at risk of redundancy has been extended. In the meantime, UCU members at Goldsmiths have overwhelmingly voted in favour of strike action (86% on a 70% turnout) and decided to withdraw their labour for 21 consecutive days starting 23 November. 

This is an unprecedented move forced on us by the unprecedented attack against the arts and humanities brought about by our misguided management. But this is also an unprecedented show of solidarity. Hundreds of staff members will go on strike to defend their colleagues in the English & Creative Writing and History departments who risk being made redundant.

The College has announced that wages will be deducted from anyone who participates in strike action. It won’t be easy for union members to sustain the strike financially but we do know that if we don’t mount a strong defence now, management will announce further redundancies in more departments and push through very damaging cuts through the restructuring.

To help members cope with the financial losses they will face, Goldsmiths UCU has created a local strike fund. We are asking everyone to donate whatever they can. Every donation makes a huge difference.

You can donate online here:

Find out more about the dispute here: 

Follow updates on the dispute and the strike here:

https://twitter.com/GoldsmithsUCU, here https://www.facebook.com/GoldsmithsUCU and here https://we-are.gold/ 

And finally, if you are in a position to pass a motion in solidarity with the dispute, the model motion is here:

A Statement Against the Planned Funding Cuts by the Nordic Council of Ministers

August 30, 2021

The Nordic Council of Ministers plans to cut funding for culture in the Nordic & Baltic region by 20-25% between 2021-2024. These funding cuts are aimed at the activities of several Nordic institutes in the region, as well as possibly the grant programmes of both Nordic Culture Point and the Nordic Culture Fund.

The cuts are a misguided plan especially in the current situation, where COVID-19 has upended cultural life and related economic activities throughout the Nordic and Baltic region. It is in actuality a situation that calls for increased support for funding, as many of the nations in the Nordic and Baltic region have already realised. Funding cuts in culture will not produce savings, but on the contrary, they will have adverse effects financially and in terms of the wellbeing, trust and connection between citizens in the Nordic and Baltic region.

Another crucial argument for increasing rather than decreasing the funding for culture in the Nordic & Baltic region are the challenges posed by climate change. The geographic proximity and decades-long heritage of cultural collaboration gives this region enormous potential to be a hub of positive, forward-looking and sustainable cultural life. We, the artists and cultural workers in this region, are ready to respond to the mission set by the Nordic Council of Ministers to make the Nordic & Baltic area ‘the world’s most sustainable and integrated region’. We have worked with civil society and partners from all the corners of this region, through cultural exchange, transmission of knowledge, translation of small languages and are committed to further develop our work in this context. We cannot achieve this goal if the core economic resources for Nordic & Baltic collaboration with a transparent and democratic funding structure are significantly diminished. The freedom of expression encouraged by the current system, which from a global perspective is something unique and worth preserving, should not be taken for granted.

In the long run, several generations worth of investments in the cultural sector, the foundation of all Nordic cooperation, are being compromised. The suggestion to cut funds, in the midst of a pandemic, one year after an approximately 5% cut in Nordic funding, is not only a bad idea in the short-term. In light of the effects on the cultural sector this last year, it could also have devastating effects on cultural and social developments, labour conditions in the cultural sector and the infrastructure that has taken almost a century to build up at a time when it is dearly needed – perhaps more than ever before.   

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THE ONLINE PETITION: bit.ly/nordic-baltic-petition 

INFO & LINKS

The cuts have been proposed by the Nordic Council of Ministers (https://www.norden.org/en/nordic-council-ministers).

A statement that criticizes the planned cuts by the presidium of the Nordic Council
– In Swedish (also available in Finnish / Danish / Norwegian / Icelandic): https://www.norden.org/sv/nyhet/nordiska-radet-kritiserar-kulturnedskarningar
– In English (a translation in a Google Doc): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LJPHsjcAESAumaO7luO2ymiqge0jgvEnZvTEjxNWoD0/edit?usp=sharing 

Nordic Council of Ministers funds Nordic Culture Point, Nordisk Kulturfond and the Nordic Houses / Nordic Institutes in Reykjavik, Äland, Greenland and Faroe Islands + some other activities as well. It’s not clear which activities the planned funding cuts would influence.

The funding was cut already in 2010 by 5%, here is a statement about this cut from the Nordic Council: https://www.norden.org/en/node/47619 

Oliver Ressler // YouTube Channel online again

August 28, 2021

YouTube has ignored my request to put my YouTube Channel online again for more than 7 days. After two days in which several articles in newspapers and magazines were published, hundreds of statements of solidarity were written on social media and blogs, YouTube decided to put my YouTube Channel online again.

https://www.youtube.com/c/OliverResslerFilms/videos

YouTube wrote me: “We’ve recently reviewed your YouTube account, and after taking another look, we can confirm that it is not in violation of our Terms of Service. We have lifted the suspension of your account, and it is once again active and operational.”

YouTube remains silent about the real reasons for taking down the channel. I want to thank everyone who was working hard in the background to make YouTube consider its position.

Below are a few texts.

Oliver Ressler

Stefan Grissemann, Zensur gegen missliebigen Künstler? YouTube löscht das Konto des vielfach ausgezeichneten Politfilmemachers Oliver Ressler, Profil, 10.08.2021 https://www.profil.at/kultur/youtube-zensur-gegen-missliebigen-kuenstler-oliver-ressler/401468632

Der Standard, Youtube zensierte heimischen Videokünstler Oliver Ressler, 10.08.2021 https://www.derstandard.at/story/2000128825822/youtube-zensierte-heimischen-videokuenstler-oliver-ressler

ORF.at, Youtube zensierte heimischen Videokünstler Oliver Ressler, 10.08.2021 https://wien.orf.at/stories/3116409/

art-leaks.org, YouTube suspends filmmaker Oliver Ressler’s account without warning, 10.08.2021 https://art-leaks.org/2021/08/10/youtube-suspends-filmmaker-oliver-ressler-account-without-warning/

Der Standard, YouTube revidierte Sperre von österreichischem Videokünstler Ressler, 12.08.2021 https://www.derstandard.at/story/2000128875028/youtube-revidierte-sperre-von-oesterreichischem-videokuenstler-ressler

ORF.at, YouTube revidiert Sperre von Videokünstler, 12.08.2021 https://wien.orf.at/stories/3116647/

Österreichischer Videokünstler Oliver Ressler: Ärger mit Youtube, BR24, 12.08.2021 https://www.br.de/nachrichten/kultur/oesterreichischer-videokuenstler-oliver-ressler-aerger-mit-youtube,SfrynMW?UTM_Name=Web-Share&UTM_Source=E-Mail&UTM_Medium=Link

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