Truth Is Concrete
24/7 Marathon Camp, September 21—28, 2012, Graz
We are now on the final lap to firming up the programme of the Truth Is Concrete 24/7 Marathon Camp (which has already become a marathon for all of us organising it). We have had some great talks, suggestions and criticisms and everyone is looking forward to seeing things take clear shape very soon – even though the detailed programme won’t be published until September 11, 2012. This newsletter gives you a brief update about what is happening.
Travel & accommodation grants
As part of our Truth Is Concrete 24/7 Marathon Camp we are inviting some 100 students, artists, activists and theorists interested in artistic strategies in politics from all over the globe. The open call for the travel & accommodation grants ended on May 15. We were overwhelmed by more than 600 applications from around 50 countries that came in – thank you all for your interest. Applicants are chosen according to qualifications but also with the aim of achieving a productive mix of people. We will notify all applicants about the selection asap.
Truth in Context – a graphic design project for the 24/7 Marathon Camp
Truth is concrete in many ways, the contexts define the fields of action. And so the visual appearance of Truth Is Concrete is a platform for graphic designers and artists who devote their work to a social, political cause. Censored cartoonists, Egyptian sprayers, graphic designers from the Serbian student movement, newspaper-makers from Belarus, photographers from Brazilian favelas, concept artists from Palestine… a series to be continued until September on postcards, as advertisements, on posters, on the Internet …
With Absent (GR), Anton Litvin (RUS), Ganzeer (ET), Iconoclasistas (AR), Khaled Jarrar (PS), Jisun Kim (ROK), Leo Lima (BR), Marina Naprushkina (RUS/D), Dan Perjovschi (RO), Seth Tobocman (USA), Aseem Trivedi (IND), Tzortzis Rallis (GB), Josef Schützenhöfer (A) et al.
The Camp venue – a living and working environment
While we have started working on the programme schedule of the marathon camp, meeting more people to be invited and looking through the hundreds of grant applications, the camp venue and some of the side projects have already been finalised.
Berlin-based artist-architects raumlaborberlin are creating the camp venue, linking the two buildings Thalia and Opernring 7 in Graz. They are giving the marathon camp a flexible form, creating a landscape for working and living, a landscape that wants to be used. Not a turnkey facility handed over when the festival begins, but one that is constantly changing during the course of the marathon camp. The camp is a temporary habitat with contributions by many different artists: here the sleep areas, there the Herbst exhibition, over there the kitchen and next to it the bookshop. The video library alongside the hairdresser’s. Camp radio, speech karaoke, plenum. Open all the time and for everyone, day and night.
Now online is the general programme of the Steirischer Herbst festival, in the context of which the Truth Is Concrete 24/7 Marathon Camp is taking place: www.steirischerherbst.at
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All the best, and see you soon in Graz!