OPPORTUNITY: Call For Participation to the ACC Weimar Residency
The National Gallery of Zimbabwe has sent us a call for the 2017 ACC Weimar Residency and here is a bit of information on it.
Peace activist Emma Goldman proclaimed, “If I canʼt dance, I donʼt want to be part of your revolution”. The
convergence and contact between art and revolution, the time they have spent together have never been a
waste. They did each other infinite good, felt attracted to each other, never quite sure – a fling, nothing serious.
Why are we fascinated by art and revolution? Is it the dissolution of tradition, spontaneous action, accelerated
accomplishment, free expression, new hope, uncertain outcomes?
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the “Great Socialist October Revolution” in Russia. An anniversary that, as
is the way with such things, will be commemorated. The “greatest act of liberation in human history” changed
the world, shaped the fate of countless millions. Its subsequent development, the USSR, disintegrated in 1991.
In 2003, a new era of revolution dawned – from the Rose, Orange, Cedar, Tulip, Saffron and Jasmine
Revolutions to the Arab Spring (2010-), the Arabellion.
The Studio Program is looking for the legacies, lessons and consequences of epochal events, for their
aftershocks, for the appreciable effects and the form of revolutionary energies and ideas from previous
upheavals in the present, for what remains: How have cultures, methods and myths, such as susceptibility to
manipulation, mediatization and the acceleration of political violence transformed in the 21st century, into the
terrorist organization Daesh? And where do revolutions fail? Do we fear the “fitful catching-up of hindered
development” (Marx) – whether failed or successful – with its momentum, which often cannot be controlled by
either revolutionaries, the “masses” or elites, or do we long for it?
Surely the fascination with turmoil and rebellion, upheaval and overthrow, revolt and revolution lies in that we
can view them as only too natural, understandable, human or just when social uneasiness and resentment
spread, when groups of people live for long periods of time with the certainty that there is no hope of
improvement – dominated, oppressed, unfairly treated. But the difficult transformations and the associated
willingness to sacrifice the individual that a radical change entails distress us.
Can humanity learn from earlier upheavals? Can an evolutionary theory of revolution be written? Does the
Wende, the bloodless Peaceful Revolution of 1989 in East Germany, show us that change can be non-violent
and leaderless? How securely anchored are Lenin’s “mass shootings are a legitimate means of revolution” or
Ataturk’s “a revolution that’s not based on blood will never be” in the revolutions of the present day?
Do we still believe in art as a civilizing force? Does the avant-garde still go hand-in-hand with policy makers,
whether in the Ukraine, Lebanon, Tunisia or Egypt? Can art change society? Revolutionize politics?
According to the revolutionary Alexandra Kollontai, the vision of the October Revolution, of Communism, is a
society whose bindings are of such tenderness that she no longer needed to escape into marriage – a romance.
Artists who would like to create work about the social phenomenon of upheaval, coups and revolutions can
apply to participate in the 23rd International Studio Program of the ACC Galerie and the City of Weimar.
To apply online go to http://iapaccweimar.submittable.com/submit
All applications must be submitted by 16 October 2016.