Histories of Productive Failures: from French Revolution to Manifesta 6

Opening conference, October 27-29, 2006

Keywords: no pain no gain, breakdown, stoppage, malfunction, crash, collapse, fiasco, letdown, its such a cliché, can I speak to the manager?, disappointment, disenchantment, disillusionment, deprivation, loss, social democracy, euphemisms, bitterness, real-politic, good intentions, preaching to the choir, bad news, tough luck, too bad, misery, malaise, ennui, it'll pass, can't get any worse, the show must go on, silver-lining, too many cooks, world weariness, regret, guilt, shame, swamp, muddling through, non-event, anti-climax, amnesia, its not the same anymore, character building experience, failure as an option, faux-pas, blunder, resignation, embarrassment, hangover, lose/lose, whatever, pyrrhic victory, envy, obsolescence, tautologies, flops, bankruptcy, told you so, it wasnt my idea, nice try, you are too sensitive, white elephant, elephant in the room, submission, sellout, compromise, commodification, globalization, surrender, retreat, concession, deconstruction, I don't want to talk about it, I knew this would happen, let me come clear with you, access denied, this wont hurt a bit, talk is cheap, but you promised, just say no, institutional critique, co-optation, preemptive strike, soft targets, collateral damage, friendly fire, the lesser evil, easier sad than done, the party is over, urban failures, failures of nation states, failure of internationalism, martyrdom, better sad than sorry, it's the thought that counts, retirement, victimization, sacrifice, bring it back, suicide, ideological collapse, get well soon, you are so negative, art world defeatism, morning after, same old same old, moan fest, doom, the eternal return, heartbreak, you've got problems, weltschmerz, delusions of grandeur, window dressing, cul-de-sac, been there done that, self-help, if you only knew, charity, pity, burnout, running on empty, too little too late, inferiority complex, over the hill, not knowing when to stop, knowing your place, implosion, no show, cancellation, stand by, indefinite postponement, you are beginning to piss me off, I did not mean it, come on its only a show, repentance, payback, I cant work like this, better luck next time, back to square one, cant help you, what did you expect, we are going to have to let you go, you are telling me now, easy for you to say.


Anselm Franke, Anton Vidokle, Haris Pellapaisiotis, Mete Hatay, Pavlina Paraskevaidou, Rana Zincir Celal, Liam Gillick, Maria Lind, Diedrich Diedrichsen and Tirdad Zolghadr

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