alytus biennial 1  

International festival of experimental art
August 22-28, 2005

 

BEWARE! POLITICS!

 

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Martin Zet & Eva-Maria Zetova ( Czech Republic )


Painted Slide for Kids, Alytus City Park.
photo by Vytautas V. Stanionis

Martin Zet (with editorial help from Zo ? Skoulding):

 

Revolution!

The word everybody tries to appropriate. What does a person expects when screaming one word without any context? And is the word at least the real one? Does it express exactly what is expected from it? It would be a double disgrace to pronounce a word in hope, but not the right word. Let's walk through the gates and use them as a point of change. Let's switch the slogans to the most critically adequate ones!

THE TIME OF APPROXIMATE COMMUNICATION or REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH TO THE WORD REVOLUTION

Can we

venture

to call things

by the right,

exact

names?

And who cares about it?

 

(The Book of Sighs, March 2, 2005)

 

FREEDOM—the illusion of freedom, the magic formula of freedom, that is the leitmotif of this epoch. It includes the American dream as well as ascetic traditions. The whole phenomenon of so-called contemporary art is just a fight, a struggle, a longing for freedom from convention, routine, craftsmanship, pattern, repetition, scheme, and social and business mechanisms. But the latter always come back, stronger, fully recovered after lost battles to overtake (again). The whole phenomenon of contemporary art is just one little part of the mania. The longing for freedom is the backbone of the whole movement of art nowadays. It is the power beyond the searching for new styles or languages. To forget, be reborn, divorced from the past. To wake up with a shiny new genetic code.

 

 

LOS MARTINES ZETES UNIDOS JAM?S SER?N VENCIDOS!

United Martins Zets will never be defeated!

 

If everybody is part of everybody else, or if you can say that everybody is God or everybody is the Devil, you can easily say that everybody is Martin Zet. The problem is that not everybody is aware of it.

 

This is the beginning of my dissolution within society, the starting point of a chain reaction leading to a situation in which everybody—every child, every woman, every man—will be aware of being (itself, herself or himself) Martin Zet, and this will become more important than all other qualities. More than colour, nation, politics, race, religion (in alphabetical order), and so on. Hopefully this is the way to human brotherhood….

 

And this is only the first step. The movement must then spread to everything: animals, plants, planets, galaxies, universes. Everybody from history and in the present, every person from Ovid's Metamorphosis, from mythologies, theologies, fairy tales (in the same way as when I read about them), every stone, every verse in the universe will be Martin Zet fighting for the freedom of Martin Zet. In short, beautiful! Then I can retire, which means at the very least freedom from work.

 

HALLELUJAH!

 

(an email to Redas Dirţys, January 30, 2001, 3:14 p.m.)

 

 

FREEDOM OF WORDS

 

Such a nonsense. And poetry. Word. Belief in word. The word itself. Formula. Spell word. The word itself gives to the recipient what he/she wants to get from it. Speech as a placebo effect. Slogans as placebo, placebo word. FREEDOM! or REVOLUTION! or compound lexeme without a phrase, a kind of enumeration: LIBERTY – EQUALITY – BROTHERHOOD! Even these three words themselves have no freedom – they are tied; nor equality – they are arranged in order; nor brotherhood – if being part of one slogan is not a brotherhood (they don't have a common stem, nor roots).

 

And one word: REVOLUTION!

Such a nonsense for the second time. Why revolution? I want a change, I want things to get better. Not some repeating evolution. And the meanings of the words evolution and repetition are contradictory. Either evolution means to move from somewhere to somewhere else, or it isn't an evolution. If it comes back to the same (similar) point it rather is a cycle. Revolution - from the historical point of view - is really closer to a cycle than to the evolution. From time to time the times mature and then a little drop is enough to fertilize them.

 

There are words and colours which everybody wants to appropriate. Words, which in the eyes and ears switch on the mechanisms changing and strengthening resoluteness. Red is a colour of the Communist and also the Republican party; revolution changes society into a communist and also into a capitalistic one.

 

But words need translations, contexts. Red – it's something else. It itself has the hypnotic power. And it is from all the colours the freest, the most unbounded one. On photographs or film and video recordings it likes to overflow the edges determined for it by reality; it likes to absorb its own shades and create flat surfaces – in a similar way to the structuring of red societies.

 

REVOLUTION! What it represents definitely deserves the right name, the more exact name, the name which would express what it is really about – looking from the point of view of the time / epoch. Let's not offend what it represents by having too much cowardice to change this inexact expression into the new word, similar sounding but much more fitting: REOVULATION! From now no more revolution, but REOVULATION!

 

This moment is the moment! MOMENT FOR FERTILIZING! If we miss this chance, we will have to wait for ages! Now this is the right moment to ask about freedom. Are we free? Am I free? Is Martin Zet free? Free Martin Zet!

 

What is your name? (coming to the people and screaming alone and together with them):

 

Are you free? Is ……free?

Free ……...! You scream yourself: Free……….!

 

Is Martin Zet Free?

And does he really want to be free?

 

Apr il 4, 2005 in Dresden

REOVULATION!

 

The times mature

to be fertilized again!

(they are actually always prepared)

let's make the

souls and spirits

act!

 

The time is ready

for radical change

old-new change

inner and outer

change

together.

It's necessary

to change
Martin Zet

and all the responsibility

for this change lies

only and only

on his shoulders.

 

Do whatever

you want

there is no chance to

help him.

Try even more

but you will not

make things

easier, lighter

for him

but also not more

difficult.

 

His life is full

of signs, which

he learns to

read.

Full of curly

temptations

unexpected expressions

of trust, affection

and other emotions.

Trust helps

but he is

aware

that

it is

the most cunning

seducer.

 

Past sins

are the good sins

if they help

to transform, widen

the understanding

soften the strict

judgements.

The body is good

mainly thanks to

its imperfections –

they are the mediators

of empathy.

 

Globalization

is the sign.

Its finally necessary

to globalize

thinking.

He must start

to see things

in their

correlation

 

entirety and

possible collaboration.

 

The soul and technology

offer

reovulationary potential.

 

Let's wake up,

enlighten

that lazy man.

 

Let make him stop

enjoying

his scepticism treating

everything with

irony. If he really

has to grimace

let it be the grimace

which throws

the joyful message

to the public:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is possible

to change one

being

for a certain period

of its active

age, but it must

work on it alone

by its own will

using all powers,

all available means.

 

Let's wish that this

hedonistically erotic

ascetic in momentary

family

solitary confinement

under strict regime

can reach the moment

in which he can shout

(without a devil's help):

 

“Oh moment, stay bit longer,”

to immediately realize

that

flowing brings

him even bigger

pleasure.

 

Written

with Stonhenge

behind my back

 

February 14, 2005

On the way from London to Dartington

blind

by the nightfall.

 

 

“Not to hide”

That was
the best
of drinking -
that I didn't hide anything.

 

But now

I want.

I want to hide,

forget

 

transform,

 

light through,

 

radiate.

Things keep showing up

and offering

themselves.

 

It's me who's

rarely

in the state enabling

their recognition.

 

February 9, 2005

DEATH TO APPROXIMATE EXPRESSIONS!

 

VIVA LA REOVULATION!

 

... even with the risk that in the moment of fertilizing

you never know what child will be born.

 

February 17, 2005

Martin Zet ( Czech Republic )


Raising the flag Los artistos Unidos... , Alytus City Hall Square.
photo by Vytautas V. Stanionis

 

 
         
 

curator:
Redas Dirzys,
redas_dirzys@yahoo.com
Turistu str. 2,
62445 Alytus , Lithuania
ph. + 370 682 15771

Sponsors:
Alytus City Council,
Lithuanian Culture Ministry,
Lithuanian Foundation for Culture and Sports
Embassy of Austrian Republic

Partners:
ZCCA-Libuđin,
Umelec International,
FM99,
Alytaus naujienos daily,
Co-ordinators:
Loreta Liausaitë,
Mantas Kazakevičius.