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“The Third Floor: Free Speech Zone” is an exhibition curated by Arteco in collaboration with the International University College Student Association in Turin. Recommended.
What does it take for France to get used to fascist junk? Claude Guéant, France’s minister of the interior, provides some help whit that question: “French people have the feeling that uncontrolled migratory flows change their environment, they are not xenophobic but they want France to remain France” (“Claude Géant: Les Français veulent que la France reste la France”, Le Monde, 15 March 2011, linked in “A Paris, Le FN défile ‘en l’honneur des travailleurs’”, Le Monde, 1 May 2011). But what about the French people who do not have that feeling at all? Easy: they are not truly French.
Here are a few recent cartoons by El Roto for El País on the nuclear crisis: “Don’t panic, radioactivity is not radioactive”, “But the nuclear lobby does not have cracks”, “They want us to leave the situation in the hands of the experts that led us to it!”, “Technician measuring the level of radioactivity in the pockets of investors”, “Nuclear exorcism”, “Now nobody can say they did not know”, “Don’t let decide the creators of danger on what is dangerous or not”, “Nuclear and anti-nuclear”, “The unexpected happened, as expected”, “My main task as a security officer is to deny danger”.
Chinese Master Ai Weiwei did it twice.
First, in a demonstration of genuinely atmospheric craft (in very much the sense put forward by Peter Sloterdijk), he turned the Tate Modern Turbine Hall into the unintended enactment of the Great Western Fear of the Malevolent Asian Intoxication (hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds crashed by visitors, now turned into suspected dust). Now, some of the seeds pop up in auction venues at record prices: a unique performance of the Great Financial Fixation with the Demons of Speculative China.The full story can be traced through “The Saga Continues with ‘Sunflower Seeds’” (The Wall Street Journal, January 26 2011).
The Test Society bows before the Master.