Lorenzo Taiuti on Thu, 10 Feb 2000 17:14:49 +0100


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Syndicate: Art & The Strategy of Absence against nazism





 
"ART & The STRATEGY OF ABSENCE AGAINST 
NAZISM"
I have been following the discussion on not 
showing art in Austria as a protest against the presence of the new (and 
unthinkable) Nazi Minister.
It seems to me that contemporary art ( even new 
techonology art) has the characteristic of being a borderline language, stayng 
on several borders between media, technology, popular arts, 
comunications.
In no way his modern function becomes a weigth 
to play in social forces.
Art has weigth only when arrived to Modern Art 
Museums (that to look popular are becoming more and more flashy, impressive, 
magniloquents).
Exactly the contrary of what contemporary art 
wants to be.
But can you ask a 
Contemporary Art Museum to strike as a protest?
The refusal of glamorous (and excellent ) actresses like 
Catherine Deneuve and Claudia Cardinale to be present in Wien for an 
"official evening" (a dance!) has made first page on italian 
newspapers defining to most people the reality of this political and moral 
scandal.
The possibility for 
contemporary art to act could be the contrary.
Not "Absence" but 
obsessive "Presence" with the theme of the antagonism between 
democracy and nazism repeated in several temathic shows til the protest becomes 
visible.  
Art today plays an endless guerrilla with the 
established ideas. It surely can find tools to fight a guerrilla against the 
theme of nazism.
Ciao
Lorenzo 
Taiuti