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Altruism as Arttruism at Truth is concrete

A 24/7 marathon camp on artistic strategies in politics and political strategies in art. 21/09 – 28/09/2012, Graz

What role does art play in the whirl of political, ecological and economic events? Must art help solve those problems that politics and society have ignored for so long? Should art be a social or political tool, can it be useful?

“Truth is concrete” is a 24-hour, 7-day marathon camp in the context of steirischer herbst festival 2012: around 150 artists, activists and theorists lecture, perform, play, produce, discuss, collect artistic strategies in politics and political strategies in art. All day long, all night long. It is a platform, a toolbox as well as a performative statement, an extreme effort at a time that seems to need some extreme efforts.

The camp takes the possibility of concrete truth as a working hypothesis and look for direct action, for concrete change and knowledge. Large or small scale, loud and aggressive, or intimate and careful. Obscure or obvious. An art that not only presents and documents but that engages in specific political and social situations – and an activism that not only acts for the sake of acting but searches for intelligent, creative means of self-empowerment.

Michal Murin - Altruism as Arttruism

Between Social Curatorship and Artistic Curatorship Social Work as Artistic Act, as Permanent Performance

Michal Murin (1963) launched this project in 2005 by first helping Milan Adamčiak in small ways. Using the processes of unstrained, ergonomic, nonconfrontational intuitive management, amateur banking, do-it-yourself dealership, spontaneous executive production, hobbyist real-estate brokerage, but also enthusiastic editorship, Murin has now – thanks to assistance from the artistic environment – spent seven years recreating an author who had disappeared from public view for 20 years, in the position of an important personality, based on his work and character. The project reacts to the absence of relevant functional systems in the post-Communist context in the social, but also artistic area. It emphasizes the preference of non-institutional activity, and confronts it with the dysfunction of institutions.

Murin offers his project of social help and altruistic act in an artistic context, but due to giving priority to the human element of help, he does not insist on the said context and does not view it as essential, nor does he vehemently proclaim it as his own. He adopts a dispassionate and resigned attitude towards opinions, limiting himself to specific situations, results and facts. He allows the flow of situations brought about, evoked and provoked by the project, including them in the meshwork of opinions and reactions.

Michal Murin - Altruism as Arttruism

Medzi sociálnym kurátorstvom a umeleckým kurátorstvom Sociálna práca ako umelecký akt, ako permanentný performance

Michal Murin (1963) začínal tento projekt v roku 2005 drobnou pomocou Milanovi Adamčiakovi. Nenásilným, ergonomickým, nekonfrontačným intuitívnym manažmentom, amatérskym bankingom, kutilským dealerstvom, spontánnym producentstvom, hobbystickým realitným maklérstvom, ale aj entuziastickým editorstvom za ústretovosti umeleckej brandže tak po siedmich rokoch kreuje na 20 rokov zmiznutého autora do pozície významnej osobnosti aj vďaka jeho dielu a osobnosti. Projekt je reakciou na absenciu relevantných fungujúcich systémov v postkomunistickom kontexte v sociálnej, ale aj umeleckej oblasti. Vyzdvihuje preferenciu neinštitucionálnej aktivity a konfrontuje ju s nefunkčnosťou inštitúcií.

Murin svoj projekt sociálnej pomoci, altruistického aktu ponúka umeleckému kontextu, avšak vzhľadom na preferenciu ľudského rozmeru pomoci na tom netrvá, nestavia na ňom a vehementne si ho neprivlastňuje. Zaujíma nenásilný a odovzdaný postoj k názorom, uvádza len konkrétne situácie, výsledky a fakty. Necháva plynúť situácie, ktoré jeho projekt prináša, evokuje a provokuje, a zahŕňa ich tak do siete názorov a reakcií.