RED MAY 2018


 

 

#1 SEMAPHORE – Flatchestedmama
#2 SCREENINGS – Kasra Rahmanian

#3 WHY DON’T YOU SPEAK FINNISH? – Fatmir Mustafa-Karllo
#4 MEDIATED PRESENCE/ PERFORMANCE – Ksenia Yurkova
#5 GO BACK GO LEFT – Arash Akhlaghi
#6 SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN, (YOU BETTER WATCH OUT) #3 – Hami Bahadori

 

 

 


What is it that today some of us are connected to all parts of the world via internet (and might even know hundreds of colleagues internationally) but we might not know any of the people who live with us in the same apartment complex? At the same time, many others around the world are in constant state of fear and paranoia form war and terror?

Red May is a vacation from capitalism. During May, we assume that market is not the solution to the problems that market creates. We are becoming communal to show that another world is possible. If we are told that future is tense, and the world is becoming a militarized state of policing, we exercise love to challenge the police and that future. We occupy buildings, lobbies, libraries and cafés. We wave red flags to disrupt the everyday and express solidarity with those who live under a constant condition of normalized war. We demand demilitarization of police and socialization of education, internet, healthcare, public transport, etc.

If the market demands workers to be competitive, collaborative, evaluative, hybrid, self-sufficient, workaholic and entrepreneur… It’s time to reclaim the public space from the market. If Amazon is treating Seattle like its campus, we turn Seattle into our campus. If the geek economy demands the workers to have the similar condition as performing artists in terms of the wage labor, we artists demand the rich to start paying their fair share of taxes.