TALKININKAI / CONTRIBUTORS
|Written by DAMTP|
We at DAMTP are supporting the boycott of Guggenheim reasoned on arguments of “group of leading artists, curators, writers, and others” and therefore demand for immediate quit with inhuman exploitation of workers on Saadiyat Island, the location of the new museum – the Abu Dhabi branch of Guggenheim museum. However we have no need for leading artists, curators or any others. We have no need to be lead by anyone except the workers themselves who are being exploited and are not yet organized enough to resist their own exploitation. Both the “leading artists” and the Guggenheim have pointedly ignored the mention of the union busting activities of the companies including the Louvre and the Guggenheim who are involved in the so-called Jazeera al-Saadiyat (Island of Hapiness).
The ruling Capitalist class has begun a new front in its colonization of Africa and a feature of this is the racist dividing of Africa into Arab and African nations. For us the artists lobbying the Guggenheim are - consciously or not - just another part of this colonization in its psychic form. The capitalist Guggenheim royal family was instrumental in the suppression and realization of Nazism in 1937 when they established the Foundation in 1937 to coincide with the famous “Degenerated Art” campaign by Nazis. This plan came to fruition with the establishment of Israel. The Guggenheim family have historically profited from war through their copper and metal mining empire – and now their insidious data mining and psychic production empire (as evidenced in their stated aims of “critical shifts in social practice” in their response to the artists boycott which effectively states that Human Rights Watch are lying) which we as workers must destroy by any means necessary. Workers who are being massacred by the Libyan rebels with the aid of NATO are no less the victim of these ruthless capitalists than those being directly exploited to build the Guggenheim museum in Abu Dhabi. Art can be situated as one pole in a trialectics between Labour and War.
Differently from demands written in above mentioned petition by the “group of leading artists, curators, writers, and others” we do not ask for “independent monitoring of employers’ compliance with international human rights and labor laws” neither we give any advises how to quit their miserabilism – that’s their own affair how to convince international community of the “humanist” approach of their crimes. If Guggenheim family and to their industry related bourgeois artists are thinking to whitewash their fathers with a dazzle of new build aberrant buildings filled-up with art collections – that is not enough to mask it anymore.
The above mentioned sort of boycott raised by art world celebrities we treat as cowardice whine.
Besides their boycott we furthermore call for immediate boycott of all institutions and individuals stained with Guggenheims’:
We’re calling for artists for immediate ceasing to collaborate in any Guggenheims’ event, to erase any trace of Guggenheim’s in their CV’s, to demand an exclusion of anybody/anything directly/indirectly related to them.
We’re calling for the people to cease any visiting of events and sites related to Guggenheims’.
We’re calling to art scholars to revise their programs and to start to exclude all artistic materials related to Guggenheims and replace it with political statements against their policies.
We are calling to all employees throughout all branches of the Guggenheims to start organizing strikes, as official, as sit-ins or wildcats – and so until the joining general strike 2012.
DAMTP – DAta Miners & Travailleurs Psychique
Right now please spread the announcement worldwide and prepare for the worldwide psychoelectronic attack on the Guggenheims’ on April 1st by sending a blast through their communication channels at:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation/External Affairs
Phone: 212 423 3500; 212 423 3587
Phone: 212 423 3796; 212 423 3625;
Phone: 212 423 3513
Phone: 212 423 3781
Phone: 212 423 3767
Phone: 212 423 3840
Phone: 212 423 3535
Phone: 212 423 3521
Phone: 800 329 6109; 212 427 5690; 212 427 5682
Phone: 212 423 3705
Phone: 212 423 3618
Alexia Boro/Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Ana López de Munain/Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Sara Bernshausen/Deutsche Guggenheim