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Bildmuseet presents Disobedience Archive (The Parliament)

Bildmuseet – Contemporary art and visual culture presents Disobedience Archive (The Parliament) on view through 2 September 2012.

After 30 years in operation, Bildmuseet reopened in May 2012 in a fantastic new building located by the Umeå river and launches its summer program with a series of exhibitions including Disobedience Archive (The Parliament).

Disobedience Archive, Image © Mikael Lundgren 2012.

Disobedience Archive (The Parliament) is an exhibition project dedicated to the relationship between artistic and activist practices, a user’s guide to the geography of civil disobedience; from Italy’s 1977 social struggles to global protests and including the current insurrections in the Middle East and the Arab world. Disobedience Archive is curated by Marco Scotini and displayed in The Parliament by Céline Condorelli.

Disobedience Archive is an ongoing, itinerant atlas of various contemporary resistance tactics: from direct action to counter-information, constituent practices, and forms of bio-disobedience. It accommodates a variety of film material by artists, activists, filmmakers, philosophers, and political groups.

The selection of films is organised in eight chapters. The first is about the 1977 demonstrations and riots in Italy, followed by sections about the social changes taking place after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the social upheavals in Argentina in 2001, the development of the anti-globalization movement from 1994 onwards, experimental forms of education, community and urbanism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, political and activist work in the former Eastern Bloc, the effects of 9/11, and a new section concerned with events surrounding what has come to be called the Arab Spring.

For this iteration, the Disobedience Archive occupies The Parliament by Céline Condorelli, a structure specially commissioned for the Flexihall on the ground floor at Bildmuseet.

The archive includes material from 16 beaver, Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée (AAA), Mitra Azar, Gianfranco Baruchello, Bernadette Corporation, Black Audio Film Collective, Copenhagen Free University, Critical Art Ensemble, Dodo Brothers, Marcelo Expósito, Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica, Rene Gabri and Ayreen Anastas, Grupo de Arte Callejero, Etcétera, Alberto Grifi, Ashley Hunt, Kanal B, Mosireen, Wael Noureddine, Margit Czencki / Park Fiction, Oliver Ressler and Zanny Begg, Joanne Richardson, Roy Samaha, Eyal Sivan, Hito Steyerl, The Department of Space and Land Reclamation, Mariette Schiltz and Bert Theis, Ultra-red, Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, Dmitry Vilensky and Chto Delat?, and James Wentzy.

An exhibition guide has been published by Archive Books, Berlin and Bildmuseet including contributions by Cecilia Andersson, Céline Condorelli, Maurizio Lazzarato, Katarina Pierre, and Marco Scotini.

Bildmuseet – Contemporary art and visual culture
S-90187 Umeå, Sweden
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