Révolutionaires - il n'y a pas de révolution!
of a post mortem discourse - history as transgression
(the death of a hippie) by paul thek is interesting to me as a citation
in 1967 the installation was first shown at the whitney
museum of american art and a general shift was performed from the hippie
culture towards a more political and radical movement. regarding this,
the question comes up, do real breaks in history exist?
was 67/68 a break and a start of a movement? if yes - how - can we
force these breaks? "one says: 1968: that was just the beginning.
and another one says that 1968 was the last attempt of a political
that this attempt failed. and then, that we are exactly the
children of this."
thinking that if the revolution of 1968 failed, than
it failed successfully. political demands have been answered by culture.
all this has already taken place and is now everywhere, because there
seem to be a permanent revolution in the marketing departments of big
they place ads in cities, landscapes and magazines to make our lives
more colorful. they found
out that the revolutionary is a customer and we found out
that we can never be so effective.
my second question is, if the statement "the private is the
political" is (still) a political statement – and further,
to put into question, if there is any 'real' political
demand in the western hemisphere nowadays?
thek believed that his piece (the tomb) is a social-political artwork.
for him it was not 'just' a personal statement – for
him it was a statement about the situation of the society in general.
it is private-political and has similarities to slogans out of that
that "poems should be done by all" or "a women's
freedom begins with her belly". I read that politics have been
developed to break the permanence of time and being and that it is
important to keep
the difference between subjectivity and politics.
so, how can we bring whatever being/subject back to live? maybe
through disappearing in a multitude. one plus one never
remaking the tomb installation, i see and value in parts as romantic
gesture a chain of quoted quotation, the citation of a friend of a
friend. to develop
the chain of friends I invited friends: to find the clothes (carissa
roderiguez), to sing (TJ free with DJ franz). to develop a ritual of
further, i stole images from the RAF member astrid proll.
i want to document aspects of the political and cultural circumstances
of life/death at a certain time ('67/'68) and think about
the contemporary demand for a movement - a movement which does not