|Joseph Nechvatal on Thu, 3 Feb 2000 00:30:12 +0100|
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This shows other view of the response stategy.It is from Carlo McCormick (email@example.com)to me and I wanted to share it with the list.
Cheers Joseph Nechvatal +++++++++++++++++++++++++++ joseph- good sentiments, but what an asshole. the whole notion of boycott isolationism has never worked in any way near constructive. the solviet dictatorship ultimately disembled via the glasnost interaction of artists and governments on an international level, and certainly never benefitted from any cultural ban. this fool may be austrian, but certainly doesn't understand history in the least. we see these same issues at hand with china, which is only gradually becoming more tolerant due to increased interaction on the global scale, and cuba, which has unduly suffered the same kind of self-righteous, hypocritical political blockading. I myself am proud to write for camera austria, some of the hippest, most adventurous fans of contemporary publishing today, just as I am pleased to be working on a book with cuban artists los carpinteros. arts and information are the last place where political lines should be drawn, and this robert fleck- with no doubt the best, but totally ignorant, intentions- is falling into the same traps of intollerence he most abhors. please be wary of the politically correct, they constitute one of the more pervasive forms of thought police censoring and squelching the arts today. I encourage you to think twice before passing along such smug cultural assessments in the future- those I know and respect in austria are indeed very concerned about this, but would never wish to have their pipeline to the ideas and creations of the rest of the world severed- and if you know robert fleck to give him a big fuck-you from me. love-- carlo. Senior Editor P A P E R 365 Broadway NYC 10013 212.226.4405 http://www.papermag.com
dear friends, there can be little doubt that the FPO is very bad news for austria, not least for the austrian artists and cultural organisations who have had to go through several difficult conflicts with haider's party already. in order to understand the danger more precisely, it would be good if some of the austrians on this list, or robert fleck himself, could explain a little more what the policies of the FPO are in the field of culture and society. this might also help to ascertain more clearly how best to support the democratic and independent groups in austria. at the same time, we should not forget that there are other countries in europe which have worrying governments with xenophobic, nationalistic, undemocratic, you name it, policies, whose artists deserve the same kind of support. vienna-belgrade 660 km. by the way, whatever happened to the Baltic mission to Minsk? greetings, -a >Dear all, >I am forwarding you an e-mail I got from a Croatian theorist, who >recieved e-mail from Robert Fleck who wrote about what for austrian >artists mean enter of Haider into the gouverment. >greetings, >ana
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