The State of Sabotage (SoS) makes its first art state visit to Turkey
and will install a temporary SoS embassy at the exhibition.
Opening 04.05.06, 7pm, Exhibition 05.5.06- 28.05.06
The SoS embassy office and Consulate will issue SoS CITIZENSHIPS AND
PASSPORTS for a 35 Euro Application Fee, no visas or Green card
The SABOTAGE NATIONAL ANTHEMwill be performed live by NEOPLAST.
Artworks from the ?State of the Art? Collection will be exhibited,
including the original latex mold of the national sculpture, designed
by H.R. GIGER.
Historical films from the SOS archives will be shown, including
highlights from the founding of the state, and other actions.
Artworks from turkish artists curated by Michael Parenti under the
theme ?INFORNATION? will be exhibited, and the artists will be inducted
into the State of Sabotage Art Foundation.
As a State gift the transnational dish "SOUP OF SABOTAGE" will be
served to the guests.
The first one hundred visitors to the exhibition will receive a limited
edition catalog of the ?STAMPS OF SABOTAGE? commemorating the
establishment of the Turkish embassy.
Announcements will me made regarding the establishment and location of
the ?SABOTAJ DEVLETI SANAT MERKEZI? (Sabotage State Art Center) as a
permanent embassy in Beyoglu.
Representives at SoS embassy:
ROBERT JELINEK (SoS chancellor)
MICHAEL PARENTI (SoS Ambassador in Turkey)
?INFORNATION? as STAATSKUNST (THE ART OF THE STATE) SOS diplomacy is
conducted through artistic sovereignty and trans-nationality - art as
state as a direct form of independent state art. The ?state? is static
by definition (both concepts derive from Latin ?status?). In our
contemporary understanding the state is a kind of steely skeleton or
matrix - constructed so that it can provide structure, grounding, and
duration to a constantly changing society.
Political scientists and state theorists, however, maintain that the
state reached the apex of its development in the seventies and has
since been in decline. Yet even at a time when the state is being
pushed out of more and more areas of life and continues to lose esteem,
it remains the highest existing authority - precisely because the state
is more static than other forces affecting our lives. On the other
hand, the state is inferior to these highly dynamic forces and lags
helplessly behind the newest developments in science and technology.
The German concept of Staatskunst (art of state) alludes to the fact
that in governments of previous centuries the balancing and
equalization of manifold factors and powers was in fact understood as
an art. The antiquated concept of Staatskunst also has another meaning:
It reminds us that in former times the promotion of art and culture was
seen as a state goal and rulers recognized that art and culture were
essential components of their wealth and capital.
The State of Sabotage feels bound to this understanding of Staatskunst
and will, for the first time in Turkey with the INFORNATION event,
present its capital by means of artistic positions. INFORNATION
visualizes the attributes of trans-nationalities and the new conditions
of state and artistic reality through artistic practices, models,
visions, and utopias of the participating artists, who will have their
work included in the ?State of the Art? Collection.
INCLUDING PIECES FROM THE SOS ?STATE OF THE ART? COLLECTION:
CHRISTOPH STEINEGGER / SABINE FEICHTNER
GAMZE FIDAN / KOP-ART
SABOTAGE NATIONAL ANTHEM
Interpreted by Neoplast
On the opening evening, guests will be honoured with the performance of
the Sabotage National Anthem by the turkish neo-industrial pop band,
SOUP OF SABOTAGE
Interpreted by Dilara Erbay
On the opening evening, guests will be served the transnational dish
SOUP OF SABOTAGE free of charge. The "Soup of Sabotage" is a creation
of the French
artist ANABELLE HULAUT. In the creation of the soup, the word
"sabotage" is used as an acronym, formed out of culinary ingredients.
The soup is made from the American; hence the respective national
language is taken to choose the ingredients. The "Sabotage Soup" is a
tradition in the SoS state and will always be offered at every SoS
event worldwide. Dilara Erbay, formerly of Dilarasabra and current chef
at Cevahir, will prepare the local edition of the Soup of Sabotage.
SABOTAGE NATIONAL SCULPTURE
By H.R. GIGER
The word "sabotage" comes from the French word "sabot" and means "to
trample with wooden shoes." A sabot is a clog with a leather top. At
the beginning of agricultural mechanization French farm workers threw
their "sabotes" into harvesting and processing machines (which were
taking their jobs), thereby blocking the complicated mechanics of the
mowing and threshing machines and rendering them useless. For the sake
of their labor, they engaged in "sabotage".
The State of Sabotage is manifested in a unique sculpture that serves
as a monument to artistic vision, free cultural spaces and
independence. Sabotage mastermind Robert Jelinek invited the Swiss
visionary and artist H.R. Giger to design the sculpture. H.R. Giger's
sculpture model consists of a pair of shoes cast in an iron/copper form
and welded to a metal base. The sculpture is installed at the highest
point of Harakka Island, Finland. Visitors to the island can step into
the shoes and, by wearing them, comprehend the island as space and
merge with the ground.
The Original Latex mold of this unique sculpture will be on exhibition
The Empire STATE OF SABOTAGE
On August 30, 2003 the Viennese label Sabotage Communications
manifested its own state on the uninhabited island of Harakka off of
Helsinki in Finland, and was renamed ?SoS - State of Sabotage.? First
initiated as a project by artist Robert Jelinek in 1992, in operation
as an international music/art label, collective and organization since
1994, Sabotage has drawn its own artistic conclusions and declared
itself a state in 2003.
SoS is a state in time, with constantly expanding citizenship, but
without the demarcation of national borders. A state is the highest
existent authority because it is more static than any of the other
highly dynamic forces that influence our lives. The state is also
subject to these same forces, yet it lags helplessly behind emerging
cultural, scientific and technological developments. In logical,
creative consequence of its artistic process, SoS has created a tool
for human realization. Every state is an obsolescent model, which
either waits for its expiry date to pass or somehow manages to adapt
itself to contemporary conditions, therefore SoS is a process limited
The SoS state has consciously forsaken a constitution, legal system,
presidents, ministers, etc. in order to avoid re-manifesting the
definitions and imitations of well-known historical examples of diverse
state forms and establishments. Instead, SoS draws its basic legitimacy
directly from its citizens and their political, social, artistic and
spiritual ideas, ideals, visions and needs, which they themselves shape
SoS is not interested in the matrix or program of a state, but in its
condition or status. SoS offers a free, dynamic design for the
expansion and re-determination of cultural space and cohabitation - an
experiential model for life.
SoS has the quality of a cultural state. It knows neither officials nor
functionaries ? it knows only self-determined artists and active
SoS promotes justice, the universal protection and preservation of
human rights, as well as of individual rights.
SoS promotes the community of its citizens through culture, solidarity
SoS respects the rights, autonomy and self-determination of its
citizens, as well as the right of minorities to group autonomy.
SoS promotes the conservation, protection and creation of the freedom
of art and culture.
a) Education, vision and utopia;
b) The preservation and development of art and culture;
c) Historical consciousness;
d) Protection of the environment and conservation of nature as an
inherent value, as well as all rights of nature;
e) Internal locations and dislocations, displacements and dissolutions
of the self- compositions that form a living society;
f) The natural and social sciences.
Unpredictability and subversion of expectations are the sources of
intelligence, culture, technology and progress. Autonomy is the
self-regulation of the social body, both in its independence and in its
interactions with the disciplinary norm.
Today?s agenda calls for the expansion and re-orientation of now
stagnant social zones, and for cultural cohabitation within a holistic
model of life. This requires combined forces, but their resulting
synergies should not be yet again subdued but encouraged.
The SoS art collection is, according to location, always publicly
accessible. A worldwide touring exhibition and survey in art locations
in various other countries is in planning. Artistic productions,
conferences, events and workshops are also planned on the SoS grounds