an ongoingvideo archive
Disobedience is an ongoing, multi-phase project curated by Marco Scotini and produced and presented by PLAY platform for Film & Video. The first phase started in Berlin in January 2005 and after Prague the next step will be in Mexico City in September 2005.
Disobedience is a video station and a platform of discussion dealing with the relationship between artistic practices and political action. The last step developed from a co-operation between Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros (SAPS) and PLAY platform for Film & Video on the occasion of Multitudinary Forum. Conceived as a diverse and constantly changing archive, the project represents a guide to the geography of civil disobedience, from the social struggles in Italy in 1977 to the recent anti-globalisation protests before and after Seattle. The project is also an atlas of the plurality of resistance tactics such as direct action, counter-information and biological resistance. By setting in motion different signs and situations, Disobedience is presented as a network of open topics, brought together by artists, activists, film producers, philosophers and political groups. Each of them was invited to create a separate section by involving other artists, documents, political magazines, cheap offset printing, ephemera, etc.. The current sections are: 1977 The Italian Exit, Protesting Capitalist Globalization, Bioresistance and Society of Control, Reclaim the Street, Reclaim the Media, Playtime in Orange/Benelux, Argentina Fábrica Social, Disobedience/East.
Disobedience presents itself as a comprehensive map of social conflict and as a network of contemporary activism.
Disobedience was designed as a long-term work-in-progress and as such can only be presented as a non-comprehensive and provisional archive, intended to grow and expand gradually over time and space along following steps, involving local situations and from time to time requiring new, heterogeneous forms of display..
Disobedience was presented in Berlin at PLAY platform for Film & Video and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien in collaboration with Transmediale 05 (January-February 2005), in Prague at Prague Biennale 2 (May-September 2005), in St. Petersburg at Manifesta Journal Discussion (July 2005), in Barcelona at “Interferencia” (July 2006), in Eindhoven at “Forms of Resistance” exhibition at Van Abbenmuseum (September 2007 - January 2008).