diG.shaKe.riSe.andblEEed,myloVe. questions the potency of demonstration, revolt and sacrifice as an instrument for policy change, against the backdrop of the current economic downturn, cuts, job losses, rise in university tuition fees, broken manifesto promises, student protest, strikes, riots and occupations. The project is a hub for the creation of artwork and the fostering of debate.
ascensIon. – a site-specific installation incorporating photography, sound, archival audio and moving image, light, earth, grit, stones, bricks, cement, concrete, tarmac and newspapers was on show in December 2011 – January 2012 at the Old Shoreditch Station Project Space, London. See: http://erantsafrir.com/digshakeriseandbleeedmylove_ascension/.
viVa.voCe. – a sound installation was on show at the ‘occupied’ Old Street Magistrates’ Court, London’s East End in January 2012. See: http://erantsafrir.com/digshakeriseandbleeedmylove_viva-voce.
Icons. – a photo, video and audio documentation of members of Occupy Justice, a faction of Occupy London, presents an iconography and alternative aesthetic of Occupy. The work challenges public perception of the movement and tests the idea of the ‘aestheticization of politics’ in the current sociopolitical environment. To mark the first anniversary of protests by the Occupy movement and the occupation of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, images from Icons. have been released and are available for viewing here: http://erantsafrir.com/digshakeriseandbleeedmylove_icons/
“Democratic Frustration: Political Activism in an Age of Low Horizons” – a panel discussion with theorists, activists and artists, supported by Culture Wars is to be held in London. Further information will be posted here.
diG.shaKe.riSe.andblEEed,myloVe. is created within the ambit of conteXtism – a manifesto-driven initiative aimed at illuminating the interrelationships between art and the social, political, economic, religious, ethical and legal contexts in which it is made and displayed. In the belief that art has the power to unravel the complexity, intricacy and multi-dimensionality of prevailing human and social reality and the forces that shape it, the project serves as a trigger for debate, and for tackling questions about the wave of protests we have witnessed in the last few years.
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