Do You Suffer From A Borderline
Where do YOU draw the line?
Art, science, technology, culture: in all of these territories
there is an increasing demand for openness. Traffic between
them is intense. At the same time, borders remain necessary
to keep a grip, to define identity, to deepen understanding.
If there is a tendency to level culture horizontally, to explore
the surface, there is an equal and opposing tendency to protect
the 'vertical', to ground it in a specific value.
A parallel to the geopolitical situation in Europe might
be drawn. In a world where globalisation and regionalisation
go hand in hand, where the universality of capital is contradicted
by the emergence of national, ethnic, provincial and other
exclusionary values, of course it is not just culture that
deals with the ambiguities of territory. It is a political
issue, a social one. It is the character of global culture
at large. Protection from political, economic and cultural
homogenisation seems to be a fundamental concern of our time.
Manifesta 3 will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It is
a place on the border of Fortress Europe. It is 'former Eastern
Europe', it aims to be Western. It is close to ethnic turmoil,
yet refined in its cosmopolitanism. It is off the centre,
it is the centre - depending on where one stands. Manifesta
3 should explore the paradoxes of borderlining and strategies
of protection. It positions itself at the crossing point of
art and society in a challenging place. An art exhibition
in this context, under these conditions, is not another show
to be visited. It is also a trajectory of thought, speech
and action. Not simply a place to be, but a process to engage
Manifesta 3 invites YOU to rethink your field of activities
and its cultural effect. Before the exhibition takes place
in the summer of the year 2000, a process will be set in motion
which allows for dialogue about the value and meaning of 'protection'.
Francesco Bonami, Ole Bouman, Mária Hlavajová, Kathrin Rhomberg,
curators of Manifesta 3, invite you to contribute your ideas
and develop insights into the paradoxes of transgression and
mechanisms of defence as key issues of European culture.
Don't ask what Europe can do for you; ask what you can
do for Europe!
Ideas (images, statements, diagrams etc.) are welcome.
Suitable materials will be published in the Manifesta 3 Book.
Deadline: 1st of January 2000. Texts should be no longer than
2.000 words max. Images on slides must be accompanied with
the necessary data.
Francesco Bonami, Ole Bouman, Mária Hlavajová, Kathrin Rhomberg
Note: The organisers reserve the right to
exercise full editorial control over materials submitted to
them, within the framework of Manifesta 3. All such material
becomes the property of Manifesta. Copyright rests jointly
with the authors of the material and the organisers of Manifesta.
Cultural and Congress Centre
phone: (+386 61) 1767143, 210956,
fax: (+386 61) 217431,