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This Is Not A Life Saving Device / Where The Streets Have No Name - Calais Jungle

THIS IS NOT A LIFE SAVING DEVICE / WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME

30 November 2016, Pepino

I'm listing here some things I saw during the second leg of the Border Field Trip from Lesvos to London through the Balkanroute.

- Mountains of hundreds of thousands of life jackets in Lesvos, including many with pictures of Disney Princesses and Captain America and featuring the text "this is not a life saving device". Even the misery makes profit for the American entertainment empire that controls the privatized global childhood.

- Visits to refugee camps of all types in several countries -  closed, open, official, improvised, legal, illegal, dirty, model. Our white man privilege refugee camp tourism - driving premium rental cars and relaxing in the spas of luxury hotels.

- Police custody and interrogation in Greece for taking photos of a refugee camp. We were also interrogated by police in Serbia for taking photos of a refugee camp between the border lines.

- Entering to Hungary, which is a Schengen country - which means we were crossing the border to home. We were asked where we go and why. Could I just have said that we were going home?

- The ruins of Calais Jungle. The destruction of the humble makeshift property of the weakest people.

- The public space below the metro tracks around Stalingrad area in Paris closed with fences. The borders are moving to the centers. The refugees and migrants without papers form the Fifith World in the Eruopean cities. For them even the marginalized Fourth World of homelessness and prostitution is not accesible. I'm going to develop further the concept of the Fifth World, a condition were waiting and inactivity become a permanent state.

- The kilometers of concertina razor wire which covers our continent. Now it doesn't surprise me why its biggest producer European Security Fencing is one of fastes growing companies in the European Union. Many of the companies that sell security services and material to EU's Frontex are also the biggest companies exporting military equipment to the conflicts of the Middle East. We sell death and we buy security.

I wanna run, I want to hide

I wanna tear down the walls

That hold me inside

I wanna reach out

And touch the flame

Where the streets have no name





Border Field Trip - The Second Leg - Our Borders

BORDER FIELD TRIP - THE SECOND LEG

18 November 2016, Pepino

Next week's Border Field Trip schedule looks alluring. I've never moved through so many borders, countries and cultures in such a short time before. We start from the southeast corner of Europe, where the refugees proceeding from Turkey strand and finish the journey to London, which is the dream destination for many people.

The best thing is that I'm not going alone but accompanied by Pauli, my curator. Four eyes observe more and I process experiences faster and better when I can share them immediately.

Monday: Pepino - Madrid - Munich -Athens - Lesbos

Tuesday: Lesbos

Wednesday Lesbos - Thessaloniki - Macedonia - Kosovo

Thursday: Kosovo - Serbia - Bulgaria

Friday: Bulgaria - Thessaloniki - Belgrad -  Subotica

Saturday: Subotica - Hungary - Romania

Sunday: Romania - Belgrade - Paris

Monday: Paris - Calais

Tuesday: Calais - London - Madrid - Pepino





My Opinions Are Not Important - The School Of Capitalism

MY OPINIONS ARE NOT IMPORTANT

16 November 2016, Pepino

A museum visitor who goes to see my show ABC of Capitalism doesn't have to know my political and economic opinions. It's better that he's not informed about them. My art is not about me, it's about the world. It's more about you than about me. A guest in the opening reception told me that he was a member of the Socialist Party (not to be confused with the centrist Labour Party). He liked the exhibition and when we finished the conversation, he asked what do I think about capitalism. Bingo! Even a very political person had no clue about my ideas just by seeing my art.





I Love Broccoli - The Abc Of Capitalism

I LOVE BROCCOLI

11 November 2016, Bury

I look the stack of clean clothes in the hotel room and now it begins to be very low, the opening is tomorrow. The job is done, one day earlier than planned - thanks to the fantastic museum team. After these two weeks working in a foreign country, I feel more like toiling class than an international art star. Travelling with my exhibitions was my dream when I was student and now I dream of being home and steaming broccoli for my children.





Can You Teach Me How To Dance Real Slow? - First

CAN YOU TEACH ME HOW TO DANCE REAL SLOW?

06 November 2016, Bury

The first installation week is over. The ABC of Capitalism opens next Saturday. Painting the Heroes of Capitalism portraits has been a pharaonic work for so narrow time frame. Tony has freed a squad of museum staff from their normal duties to paint my works. I guess normally they don't do that for every exhibition.

Today the museum was closed and I had to spend a free day too. I trammed to Manchester to see a bit of the big city famous for it's working class, Chinese community and football. I visited all the art venues I found open on Sunday. At the Castlefield Gallery I ended up being a part of an artwork - Danish performance ariost Christian Falsnaes' First. Every day the first visitor in the gallery is interviewed and filmed. Normally I hate interactive art but for some reason, maybe for my loneliness, I answered to questions and danced real slow on video. Later, in the Whitworth Museum's giftshop I found Sara Maitland's book How to Be Alone published by The School of Life. It's a bit tough when you are a mid career mid-level artist - you show internationally and are forced to travel very much but you are not enough famous and sexy to have an army of ass-lickers who would have a drink with you. 





We Demand More Capitalism In Schools - Hero Of Capitalism

WE DEMAND MORE CAPITALISM IN SCHOOLS

01 November 2016, Bury

There is a clear difference between propaganda and art. Propaganda wants you to think less. Art makes you think more. At least that's the target of my art. The ABC of Capitalism (Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, opening 12th November)  is not an anticapitalist show though I am against our political and economical system. My art works don't necessarily agree with me. I'm not going to tell you what to think - that would be too easy for me and too lazy from you.

I'm reading Karl Hess' book Capitalism for Kids - written from a right wing point of view 30 years ago - which asks the same question as I do: Why our schools don't teach capitalism? How to survive (Hess would say succeed) in the society or even defy it if you don't understand its mechanisms? Who wants to hide capitalism? Hess thinks that the liberals don't want to speak about something they detest. I guess that the conservatives believe that it's more difficult to rebel if you don't know your enemy. Consequently, both sides demand more capitalism in schools!







Riiko
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