There is probably no other artist who has delved so deeply into the subject of the borders between the rich countries of the North and the poorer ones of the South as Ursula Biemann. Her special interest is gender relations. The video essay Performing the Border from 1999, which is about the Mexico–USA border between Ciudad Juárez and El Paso in Texas, was the starting point for further research on global sex trafficking. For an exhibition at the Generali Foundation in Vienna 2003, Biemann and the anthropologist Angela Sanders contributed the video essay Europlex, which is about women who cross over the border into the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in Morocco.
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The Howling Mob Society (HMS) was a collaboration of artists, activists, and historians committed to unearthing stories neglected by mainstream history. HMS brought increased visibility to the radical history of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, through a grassroots artistic practice focused on the production of historical markers. We chose to focus on the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, a national uprising that saw some of its most dramatic moments in Pittsburgh.
As a photographer, I shoot activists’ actions, some rallies, political and artistic activities. As an artist, I take part in and do own performances, objects, installations, photos, etc. I try to do this work on the edge of the street and institutions. Amongst other things, I’m an anarchist and a feminist, but I actually think that all labels and definitions, which limit the people and the understanding of it, are censorship and prison – external or internal. A man gets the best results for his actions, with support for his opinion and purpose, without deviating for imaginary values (for example, social roles, unnecessary products/services, money) that are not suited to him. In work and in life, I support the fight for human rights.
labournet.tv is a audiovisual archive of the labour movement. We consider ourselves part of a movement with the aim of fundamentally changing social relations. The Internet is our means to promote an exchange of experiences, a process of learning from past struggles, and solidarity. For this purpose, present-day and historical films from all continents are collected. Our focus is on the situation of the workers, their (self-) organization, labour disputes and working conditions, and ideas for social alternatives. labournet.tv also produces its own contributions concerning current events in order to make visible current struggles and the perspective of the working population.
Artist Khalil Rabah was born in Jerusalem and lives in Ramallah. He studied at the University of Texas, taught architecture at Birzeit University, and art at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem from 1997 to 2000. Rabah is a cofounder of the Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art in Jerusalem and the ArtSchool Palestine in London.
kanalB is an activist media project, which since the year 2000 runs an Internet station and produces political documentaries. To do this work we need the Internet and affordable video technology, low-cost traffic, and cheap servers. Main focuses are the visualization of social struggles and movements, political analysis and critique, and the idea of exploring alternative lifestyles. The project takes issue with the consensus created by the mass media, according to which we live in the best of all possible worlds. On the contrary: we view the current economic and social order as profoundly violent and coercive, and we see ourselves as part of a global political movement that opposes a system based upon exploitation, and searches for societal alternatives.
If politics were to come back, it could only be from its savage and disreputable fringe. Then, a muffled rumor shall arise whence that roar is heard: “We are scum! We are barbarian!” (Alain Brossat)
Floating Lab Collective designs participatory research projects that explore the frontiers of individual agency and collective empowerment. Experimenting with the aesthetics of direct action, FLC crafts open-ended public projects that engage specific localities and identities, using visual arts, performance, new media, and publications to question the assumptions of global economy, political power, and social mobility and inclusion. FLC’s artists develop projects collaboratively with community members.
Eyal Sivan’s first film made in 1987, Aqabat-Jaber, passing through, was about a Palestinian refugee camp, and was followed in 1996 by Itsembatsemba, in which Sivan engaged with the genocide in Rwanda; the film’s subheading Rwanda One Genocide Later points out that the genocide in Rwanda is/was not the only one. At the same time Sivan was already working on his documentary The Specialist, finished in 1999, which was about the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem in 1961. Sival pursues the question of how such cases of collective violence and mass murder can occur.