Documenta tries "South"
DOCUMENTA is from "documentum" : teaching to the World "the way to be intellectual" ("docere" means teach and "mens" means intellect). When in 2013 Adam Szymczyk, announced Athens as one of the two cities that will be hosting DOCUMENTA 14, I decide to use that exhibition as material for the creation of MedioSud. Observing the show, its organisation and its documentation from very close, can reveal the patterns of Total North and thanks to the collaboration of Marina Fokidis and Adam Szymczyk and his team, we will be able to see how North "flattens" everything significant and turns it into construction material for its "wall". (Risen to separate us from South till the last bits of South are turned to North, until everything has been either regularised or obliterated). In the NORTH, the deal between society and government has always been clear. During fascism, society is asked to obey, during democracy, society is asked to debate. In both cases - in the NORTH - "art" is supposed to be the authorised voice of society. Therefore, during democracy, art HAS to debate. The spectacle of Documenta 14 will be a Spectacle of Debate: once this show will be over, another one, very similar or even exactly the same, will began in some other place and those spectacles will go on forever. Unless "we" -the artists of MedioSud- step in, take them in our hands ( and our computers) and start using them..