WAAAW is an Artistic Agency Against War. War is an unjust odyssey, in its premises and in its outcomes; war makes murder legitimate; war is a spiral at the bottom of which today there is the risk of the extinction of life as we know it.
The Agency – the Assembly – the Archive
Space and Design Strategies dept.@KunstUni hit Hauptplatz to interact with Linz and propose one year of artistic research against the war. Students, staff, guests and teachers will propose their agency, their mobile and interactive archive of works and an open assembly to engage the city in their action against the war. The archive with the student’s work will be visible the whole day. Under a circus flying tent, from the 5th to the 8 th of September a series of performances and panel discussions will be open to public.
Matteo Locci and Basak Tuna / Funduk (IT, TR)
Nikolay Oleynikov / Chto Delat (RU)
Alessandra Pomarico / Free Home University (IT)
Vasyl Cherepanyn and Paolo Do / Kiev Biennale in exile (UK, IT)
Igor Friedrich Petković / Aporon 21 (AT)
The collective Chto Delat (What is to be done?) was founded in early 2003 in Petersburg by a workgroup of artists, critics, philosophers, and writers with the goal of merging political theory, art, and activism. Chto Delat sees itself as an artistic cell and also as a community organizer for a variety of cultural activities intent on politicizing “knowledge production”. The collective make a strong focus on the issue of cultural workers labour rights and politics of comradeship.
Alessandra Pomaricco, PhD in Sociology is originally from Italy and based in NYC. Since 2000 she has been curating international and multidisciplinary artists’ residency programs at the intersection of arts, pedagogy, social issues, nano-politics, and the poetic of relationship in community building. Her practice is based on research and context-based art projects, with a focus on social change.
Fonduk, composed of Başak Tuna, Matteo Locci, Maximilian Lehner, is a three headed brain invested in practice-oriented research operating through a constant feedback loop between performative experiences and textual elaborations. Together they approach contemporary issues with humor, situated perceptiveness and participatory strategies investigating the world beyond coded categories of the political spectrum.
Igor Friedrich Petković is an artist, curator and cultural activist. He is engaged in socially and politically committed intercultural art projects and transdisciplinary research fields. He heads APORON 21, an association for arts, culture, and science based in Graz.
Vasyl Cherepanyn is a Ukrainian art curator and political activist. He is the Head of the Visual Culture Research Center based in Kyiv and is organising the Kyiv Biennial an international forum for art, knowledge, and politics.
Paolo Do is activist and researcher at self-managed ESC Atelier and founder-member of LUM (Free Metropolitan University) in Rome. He is also founder-member of Edufactory and Uninomade, and collaborator of Dinamopress and Roars. Do holds a PhD in Critical Management and Political Economy from Queen Mary University of London, London and has written on the critique of political economy of knowledge, organization and strategy of transnational social movements, and new international division of labor.