October 14, 2018 - Goethe-Institut - EUROPE OR DIE
October 14, 2018


Image: Kévin Blinderman.

Organs & Alliances presents a limited-edition portfolio and public debate
October 17, 2018, 6-9pm

Goethe-Institut Paris
17 avenue d'Iéna
75016 Paris


EUROPE OR DIE is the first public encounter with the artists’ group Organs & Alliances based in Paris and Leipzig. Following a multi-media introduction to their model for trans-border art production, curator Clémentine Deliss and artist Kévin Blinderman moderate a debate between 2018 Turner Prize nominated artist Luke Willis Thompson, artist Lydia Ourahmane, graphic designer and publisher Markus Dreßen of Spector Books, and Berlin-based artist counsellor and lawyer, Martin Heller

Issues to be discussed include the question of trust and the ensuing complexity of working collectively as an artist today, operations of trans-border communication extending beyond Europe that encompass the illegal trade in organs, and the autonomy of print and its role as a medium of expression and protest in today’s post-digital present. Does the tension and hesitancy to formulate new alliances between art practitioners signify a form of vigilance on their part? Or is it rather the symptom of a deeper socio-political state of unease within international politics that works to entrench identity and boost individualism? What are the new colonies instituted today through criminal forms of dismemberment? As philosopher Paul B. Preciado writes in Organs & Alliances' limited-edition portfolio, “The trans body is to normative anatomy what Africa was to Europe: a territory to cut up and distribute to the highest bidder. Breasts and skin for cosmetic surgery, the penis for psychiatry, the vagina for the surgery of the State. What the scientific and technical discourse of the West considers to be the emblematic sexual organs of masculinity and femininity, the penis and the vagina, are no more real than Rwanda or Nigeria, Spain or Italy.”

A limited-edition portfolio, produced on a Grafopress (1968, Prague), will be launched at the event and includes texts, images, manifestos, and offline letters by Tom McCarthy, Lydia Ourahmane, Paul B. Preciado, Luke Willis Thompson and members of Organs & Alliances. Purchases of the portfolio support the movement and production of the industrial printing press by Organs & Alliances from Leipzig to Paris in 2019.

Organs & Alliances defines itself as art practice consolidated through an infrastructural model of production and the configuration of a new framework for public dialogue. The collective acquisition of an industrial printing press constitutes its first structural and performative work. Creating an open space of participatory discussion, it sets itself off from current forms of institutionalized debate and aims to test the possibility of forming professional alliances beyond the ubiquitous networks of biennials, residencies, or group exhibitions. By moving the Grafopress in a specially customized trailer from Leipzig to Paris in spring/summer 2019, an experiential narrative will develop in dialogue with different social and cultural environments ranging from leisure camps, to arms factories and slaughterhouses. Each phase of this mobile production unit, including distribution and mediation, is documented by the team and assessed as it develops.

Organs & Alliances is Ismail Alaoui-Fdili (Morocco/France); Kévin Blinderman (France); Anne Dietzsch (Germany); Tibo (France); Seongju Hong (Korea/France); Paul-Alexandre Islas (Mexico/France); Rosalie Le Forestier (France); Philip Markert (Germany); Bocar Niang (Senegal/France); Jonas Roßmeißl (Germany); Araks Sahakyan (Spain/France); Clara Wieck (Germany). 

Organs & Alliances is curated by Clémentine Deliss, Visiting Professor, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy (ENSAPC) with the participation of Markus Dreßen, Professor of Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts (HGB), Leipzig.

The research and development of Organs & Alliances has been funded by the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy (ENSAPC), the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, the Academy of Fine Arts (HGB) in Leipzig, the Freistaat Sachsen, and the Goethe-Institut Paris. In addition, each member of Organs & Alliances has participated in the purchase of the Grafopress printing machine.

For further information, or to purchase a portfolio, contact Markus Dreßen: markus [​at​] spectorbureau.com

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