Ulay / Sililoquy (with Jürgen Klauke)
12 Days (1975) // Stuart Brisley
"Public informal discussions
Private formal construction of structure
Actions in public with structure in various states of completion
Collaboration through discourse
An everyday thought with subjective implications: make your own prison.
(I built a box the size of the limits of my own body)
Final outcome: Breakout
As with some other works at this time the subject was initially conceived in terms of a vital simplicity. The process activated a greater complexity through interactions with audiences in the natural course of learning in time.
As with all durational works, time adds a greater element of generosity to how a work is given and received. The event was not exclusively something preconceived and then performed, although it was partly that, but more in the ways in which a commonplace democratic discourse actuated collective understanding.”
On September 11th 1973, US-backed General Pinochet overthrew the democratically elected leader of Chile, Salvadore Allende. Pinochet ordered an air strike on the Presidential Palace, labor activists and famous folk guitarists were rounded up for torture, disappeared, and killed.
Pinochet converted the national football stadium into a detention facility like Guantanamo Bay. Chile’s economy was turned into a plantation for the 1%, as inequality and poverty skyrocketed under the imposed Milton Friedman-style economic model.
Over 40,000 Chileans became victims of Pinochet’s terror. In response, the Nixon administration committed more money, more training, more torture equipment.
The world didn’t begin on September 11th, 2001. Rather, for the first time in modern history, Americans were visited by the same violence the US has imposed since its creation.
In Chile, the US murdered tens of thousands and impoverished millions. This wasn’t America’s first foray in international terrorism, nor would it be the last.
The United States security state is a terrorist and a plague on the people of the world.