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Free Leonard Peltier

Free Leonard Peltier
The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

# Injustice continues: Leonard Peltier denied parole‎ - By Mahtowin A wave of outrage swept the progressive community worldwide at the news that Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Aug. ... Workers World - 2 related articles » US denies parole to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier‎ - AFP - 312 related articles » # Free Leonard Peltier 2009 PRISON WRITINGS...My Life Is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier © 1999. # Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance - by Leonard Peltier, Harvey Arden - 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier... - # Leonard Peltier, American Indian Activist, Denied Parole And Won't ... Aug 21, 2009 ... BISMARCK, ND — American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole ... - Cached - Similar - #

Gaza--War Crime: Collective Punishment of 1.5 Million Persons--Recognized as "The World's Largest Concentration Camp"

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453


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VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

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Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.

The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Chosen Words How to Sell Americans on the Idea of Israeli "Settlements" By Dan Ephron | Newsweek Web Exclusive

Chosen Words
How to Sell Americans on the Idea of Israeli "Settlements"
By Dan Ephron | Newsweek Web Exclusive
How do you sell the American public on the idea that Israel has the right to maintain or even expand Jewish settlements in the West Bank? Be positive. Turn the issue away from settlements and toward peace. Invoke ethnic cleansing.

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All three Gaza crossings closed on Friday:

All three Gaza crossings closed on Friday:
On Thursday evening the Group of Eight industrialized nations demanded that Israel open its crossings into the Gaza Strip. From Italy, the group called on Israel to allow in humanitarian aid and commercial goods, as well as people, into the besieged strip.

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Video Latin América's Neda The Killing of Isis Oved Murillo

Latin América's Neda
The Killing of Isis Oved Murillo
The differences between coverage and official treatment here in the U.S. of the situation in Iran and the situation in Honduras couldn't be starker. Check out this video and see for yourself what most U.S. media and many elected officials in the U.S. are mum about. Warning - Video contains distressing images Viewer discretion advised

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US officials blocked Afghan mass murder investigations

US officials blocked Afghan mass murder investigations
Bush administration officials blocked investigations of the mass murder of thousands of Taliban prisoners by Gen. Doshtun's forces in 2001 Afghanistan.

Buddy Guy - First Time I Met The Blues

suicide- ghost rider (live 1977-1978)


Faisceau d'épingles de verre

"J'interroge et j'invective", poéme de François Dufrene

one of my favorite sound poets also visual artist

Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale - Phasing (1978)

Supreme Court Wrap-up, Government Delays Torture Report and more

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In This Issue

US Official: We Can Imprison Detainees without Charge or Trial

Justice Souter Ends a Distinguished Career as U.S. Supreme Court Concludes Term

PASS ID: Real ID by Another Name

Government Further Delays Release of Crucial CIA Report

DOJ Will Not Appeal Veteran's Victory in Transgender Discrimination Case

After ACLU Inquiry, Alabama School District Agrees to End Illegal Sex Segregation

ACLU Seeks to End Bible Censorship at Virginia Jail

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After ACLU Inquiry, Alabama School District Agrees to End Illegal Sex Segregation

The Lawrence County School District in Alabama has agreed to end single-sex classes in public schools after being notified by the ACLU that sex segregated programs are illegal and discriminatory.

In an Open Records Act (ORA) request sent to the school board in December 2008, the ACLU asked the school district for information about its sex segregated programs because of concerns that the programs might be discriminatory. The ACLU informed the school district in a letter that mandatory sex segregation in public schools violates Title IX of the Education Amendments, the Equal Education Opportunities Act and the U.S. Constitution.

Through the ORA inquiry, the ACLU learned that students in East Lawrence Middle School were being assigned to single-sex courses. The school district's ORA response stated that teachers were encouraged to teach boys and girls differently. For example, according to the school district's response, "a writing prompt for a boy may be what place in the world he would most like to go hunting or drive on a race track where the girls may write about their dream wedding dress or their ideal birthday party."

Under the settlement agreement, the school district agreed to end the single-sex education program at East Lawrence Middle School. Beginning in the fall of 2009, all courses will be integrated in every school in the county, and no school will institute any sex segregated programs for the next three years. From fall 2012 through spring 2015, Lawrence County will not institute any sex segregated program without first notifying the ACLU.

"The very different gender-specific lessons encouraged at East Lawrence Middle School were not equal; they were creating and enforcing gender stereotypes," said Emily Martin, Deputy Director of the ACLU Women's Rights Project. "Unfortunately, we've seen time and time again that sex segregated classes are inherently unequal and diminish the diversity in public schools that best prepares students for life outside the classroom."

>> Learn more about the ACLU's work on sex segregation.

ACLU Seeks to End Bible Censorship at Virginia Jail

Imagine being in jail, and you receive a letter from your mother. It says: "Dear Son…" It goes on for a paragraph, and then the rest of it is a big, gaping hole, where prison censors have cut -- with scissors -- biblical passages that your mom thought you might find comforting during your incarceration. The big hole is followed by: "Love, Mom."

This actually happened to an inmate in Virginia's Rappahannock Regional Jail, where jail policy mandates that officials censor biblical passages from letters written to detainees. Yesterday, the ACLU sent a letter to Rappahannock's superintendent, Joseph Higgs, Jr., asking him to end this policy, as it violates both detainees' and letter-writers' First Amendment rights.

"It is essential that jail officials abide by the law and the requirements of the U.S. Constitution," Daniel Mach, Director of Litigation for the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, said. "People do not lose their right to religious worship simply because they are incarcerated."

>> Read the letter sent to the Rappahannock's superintendent.

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July 10, 2009

US Official: We Can Imprison Detainees without Charge or Trial

Italian Ad

As President Obama travels overseas, the ACLU reminds him that in order to restore America's name around the world, we must end indefinite detention and close Guantánamo. This ad appears in the July 10, 2009, edition of the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

A debate over indefinitely detaining individuals without charge or trial is going on in Washington. It is unbelievable that gutting the fundamental values of due process and the rule of law is even being discussed.

This principle is fundamental: In America, we do not imprison people indefinitely without charges or a trial.

Yet, on Wednesday in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about the Guantánamo military commissions, Defense Department official Jeh Johnson stated that the United States can continue to indefinitely hold detainees who have been acquitted of crimes.

Thousands of ACLU supporters helped sound the alarm last week in the face of mounting evidence that the Obama administration intends to seek the power to continue to indefinitely detain people without charges and without trial.

We can't afford to wait until a detailed indefinite detention proposal is in front of Congress. And we can't count on the House and Senate to stand firm for civil liberties on this vitally important issue.

We must stop this before it goes any further. There is no such thing as a justifiable plan to imprison people for an unspecified amount of time without charge and without trial. It's a notion that goes against everything for which the American system of justice stands.

Take action today
. President Obama needs to hear from you. Let him know that you are firmly opposed to indefinite detention.

Justice Souter Ends a Distinguished Career as U.S. Supreme Court Concludes Term
Supreme Court

>>Read a summary of all of the Court's major civil liberties-related cases from this Term.

The Supreme Court concluded its 2008 Term last week, marking the end of Justice David Souter's distinguished career on the Supreme Court. Despite the flurry of last minute decisions in the final week of the Court, there were fewer high profile cases than usual on the Court's docket this Term. In addition, some highly anticipated decisions either never materialized or turned out to be less significant than expected.

Justice Souter's final opinion for the Court, however, was a memorable one. In Safford Unified School District v. Redding, the Court ruled that school officials looking for ibuprofen pills violated the Constitution when they strip-searched a 13-year-old girl represented by the ACLU based on the uncorroborated tip of another teenager who was already in trouble for violating school rules. The 8-1 ruling in Redding was a rare and important victory for students' rights in the Supreme Court.

In another closely watched case decided on the last day of the Term, the Court held in Ricci v. DeStefano that the City of New Haven violated federal anti-discrimination law by refusing to certify the results of two promotional exams that had been given to firefighters, despite the fact that no African-Americans were eligible for promotion based on the test scores. While acknowledging that racially disparate impact, a closely divided Court concluded that New Haven had failed to demonstrate a "strong basis in evidence" for believing that its tests were flawed or that it could have identified qualified candidates for promotion through other, less discriminatory means.

In Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District v. Holder, the Court left in place the preclearance requirements contained in Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Section 5 requires changes to any voting practices in certain districts with a history of discrimination to be "precleared" by the department of justice. Many feared the Roberts Court was poised to declare Section 5 unconstitutional. That did not happen; the Court avoided the constitutional issue entirely, holding instead that the utility district that initiated the lawsuit had been improperly denied a chance to "bail out" from the preclearance requirements by proving that it had not engaged in any voting discrimination for the past 10 years.

While not a total victory, the Supreme Court has previously rejected every constitutional challenge to the Voting Rights Act. The "no decision" by the Court was generally greeted with relief by the civil rights community.

Finally, the Court passed up an opportunity to resolve a major constitutional dispute by dismissing the ACLU's appeal in al Marri v. Spagone, after initially deciding to hear the case. When the Court agreed to hear the case, al-Marri was the only person detained in the United States as an enemy combatant, and the case presented the important question of whether someone arrested in the U.S. could be held without charges in military custody.

Before the case was argued, however, the Obama administration transferred al-Marri back to civilian custody for trial in the criminal justice system. The Court then decided that the case was moot, even though the government never conceded that al-Marri's designation as an enemy combatant (by the Bush administration) was improper or renounced its authority to re-designate him in the future.

>>Read a summary of all of the Court's major civil liberties-related cases from this Term.

PASS ID: Real ID by Another Name

Real ID has reared its ugly head again, this time in the form of S.1261, Sen. Daniel Akaka's (D-Hawaii) PASS ID Act in the Senate. While this bill stems from a sincere attempt to fix the unworkable Real ID Act of 2005, PASS ID actually reinstitutes many of Real ID's problems, and in some cases makes them even worse.

The Real ID Act mandated that states turn state driver's licenses into a genuine national identity card, thereby imposing numerous new burdens on taxpayers, citizens, immigrants, and state governments -- while doing nothing to protect against terrorism. As a result, 24 states have enacted anti-Real ID bills or resolutions and the Department of Homeland Security has been forced to delay the act's implementation.

Like Real ID, PASS ID will be a true national ID card with serious privacy and constitutional problems. The Akaka legislation will burden travelers by requiring a PASS ID-compliant license to board airplanes. It will burden certain religious minorities by requiring digital photographs on each license. The PASS ID Act will also facilitate identity theft by mandating that copies of all identity source documents be retained, creating an irresistible trove of personal information.

Real ID cannot be solved by tinkering around the edges of the act. Instead, the entire unworkable system must be scrapped and replaced with a system that does not endanger Americans' privacy and civil liberties.

Take action today. Ask your senators to oppose PASS ID.

Government Further Delays Release of Crucial CIA Report

After agreeing three times to release an Office of the Inspector General report on the CIA's interrogation and detention program and then reneging, the government announced last week that it would like another extension and will not release a reprocessed version of the report before August 31. The ACLU has informed the court that it opposes this latest request for a two-month delay.

In May 2008, the CIA turned over a heavily redacted version of the report as part of an ACLU Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for records related to the treatment of detainees in U.S. custody, but a year later informed the court that it would review the same report with a view toward disclosing more information.

"It is apparent that the CIA report is not being delayed for legitimate reasons, but to cover up evidence of the agency's illegal and ineffective interrogation practices," said Amrit Singh, staff attorney with the ACLU. "It is time for the president to hold true to his promise of transparency and once and for all quash the forces of secrecy within the agency. The American public has a right to know the full truth about the torture that was committed in its name."

>>Learn more about the ACLU's torture FOIA request.

DOJ Will Not Appeal Veteran's Victory
in Transgender Discrimination Case

The Department of Justice will not seek an appeal in transgender veteran Diane Schroer's victory against the Library of Congress, which means that our case against the Library of Congress is final and that the groundbreaking federal court decision ruling that transgender people are protected by Title VII will stand.

The Obama administration's decision whether to appeal the final ruling in the case has been closely watched in part because the Bush administration defended the case so vigorously, arguing that transgender Americans are not protected by any existing federal laws. The decision not to appeal the verdict is consistent with the Obama administration's campaign promises to protect transgender workers against discrimination and his administration's recent order taking steps to bar gender identity discrimination in federal employment.

"I am grateful that the court took the time to examine the case in detail and come to a fair and unbiased decision. In that same light, I am gratified that the current administration saw this for what it was, a case of sex discrimination focused against transgender people, and recognized that it must end in this country," said Schroer, an Army Special Forces veteran with 25 years service. "The important signal that the administration's decision sends to all LGBT individuals gives me renewed hope and restores some of my shaken faith in what our country stands for."

The ACLU filed the lawsuit against the Library of Congress in 2005, charging that the library unlawfully refused to hire Schroer in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination in the workplace. In an earlier ruling in this case, the court issued a groundbreaking opinion that discriminating against someone who transitions from one gender to another is sex discrimination under federal law. The court also ruled that the library was guilty of sex stereotyping against Schroer because of its view that she failed to live up to traditional notions of what is male or female.

>>Learn more about Diane's story.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Revealed: UK's Bloody Afghan Legacy Channel 4 Video Report

Revealed: UK's Bloody Afghan Legacy
Channel 4 Video Report
In January, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) paid out $210 for the death of a woman. The British Army has paid out compensation for, or is in the process of investigating the deaths of, at least 104 civilians killed in clashes in Helmand in just 18 months, Channel 4 News can reveal. Warning - Video contains distressing images Viewer discretion advised.

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Blind Willie Johnson - Dark was the night...

Chocolate Watchband - Medication

the standells - medication

Walt Whitman --Wax Cylinder 36" Live Recording--"America" Poem Animation Wax cylinder

NSA: National Security Inspectors General Release Critique of Warrantless Surveillance Program

National Security Archive Update, July 10, 2009

National Security Inspectors General Release Critique of Warrantless Surveillance Program

For more information contact:
Meredith Fuchs - 202/994-7000

Washington, DC, July 10, 2009 - Today's release of a report by several agency inspectors general reinforces the National Security Archive's argument in our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that the Justice Department should declassify and release the legal justifications for the surveillance program authorized by President Bush after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The new report from the inspectors general of the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence, criticizes the OLC memoranda that were used to justify warrantless surveillance of US citizens, several of which remain secret and are subject to the Archive's lawsuit. The IGs state that there were "deficiencies" in the OLC memos, drafted by Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo, and that the memos "raise[d] serious concerns" at DOJ because they omitted analysis of key cases and legal provisions and were not subject to the ordinary "rigorous peer review process."

According to Archive General Counsel Meredith Fuchs, "The IG report shows why it is important to release the underlying legal opinions to the public so we don't make the same mistakes again."

The National Security Archive, along with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), filed a FOIA lawsuit in 2006 seeking records related to the warrantless surveillance program, including relevant OLC legal opinions. In November 2008, 10 of those opinions were submitted to District Judge Henry Kennedy for in camera review after the court held that the government had not sufficiently justified withholding the opinions in their entirety. The case is pending Judge Kennedy's review.

Please visit the National Security Archive Web site for more information.


THE NATIONAL SECURITY ARCHIVE is an independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The Archive collects and publishes declassified documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A tax-exempt public charity, the Archive receives no U.S. government funding; its budget is supported by publication royalties and donations from foundations and individuals.

Human Rights Watch Weekly Digest [Germany Ratifies Cluster Munitions Treaty]

Human Rights Watch Weekly Digest  
        July 3rd - &nbsp 10th, 2009
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Germany Ratifies Cluster Munitions Treaty
(Berlin) – Germany's ratification of the new treaty banning cluster munitions is an important step. Germany deposited its instrument of ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions at the United Nations in New York, making it the 11th country to ratify the treaty.
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(Madrid) - The government of Equatorial Guinea has set new low standards of political and economic malfeasance in handling its billions of dollars in oil revenue instead of improving the lives of its citizens.
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(New York) - The Mongolian minister of justice should overturn a state agency's decision to deny the official registration request of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center, a national nongovernmental organization.
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Officials Privately Confirm UK Role in Torture of Terror Suspects
(London) - The UK government should order an independent judicial inquiry into mounting evidence that its security services and law enforcement agencies were complicit in the torture of terrorism suspects in Pakistan.
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US Should Encourage New Leader to Promote Democracy and Justice in Africa
(New York) - United States President Barack Obama should use his visit to Ghana on July 10 and 11, 2009 to encourage its new president, John Atta Mills, to take a leadership position in Africa on issues of democracy and justice.
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Failure to Meet International Standards Could Undermine Credibility of Trials for 1971 Atrocities
Bangladesh should make significant improvements to its 1973 law on war crimes so that its planned trials for atrocities and crimes committed in the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan will bring meaningful justice to victims.
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(New York) - Chinese President Hu Jintao, who on July 7, 2009 abruptly left the G8 Summit in Italy to return to Beijing to cope with the Xinjiang protests, should break with past practice and acknowledge Uighurs' grievances.
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De Facto Government Should Let Inter-American Commission Investigate
Evidence obtained by Human Rights Watch suggests that Honduran soldiers may have used excessive force against supporters of the ousted president, Manuel Zelaya, outside the Tegucigalpa airport on July 5, 2009.
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Senate Bill Undermines Federal Courts in Prosecuting Terrorism Suspects
(New York) - Obama administration-backed legislation before the US Senate to revise military commissions would harm efforts to bring terrorism suspects to justice.
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Evidence Shows Male Permission Still Being Required for Surgery, Travel
(New York) - Saudi officials continue to require women to obtain permission from male guardians to conduct their most basic affairs, like traveling or receiving medical care, despite government assertions that no such requirements exist.
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New Accounts of Mistreatment in Crackdown
(New York) - The Iranian authorities are using prolonged harsh interrogations, beatings, sleep deprivation, and threats of torture to extract false confessions from detainees arrested since the disputed June 12 presidential election.
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Six Months After Coup, More Abuses and Promised Restoration of Democracy Off Track
(New York) - Respect for human rights by the coup government that took power six months ago has been undermined by arbitrary arrests and detentions, restrictions on political activity, unpunished criminal acts by the military, calls for vigilante justice, and disappointing progress in organizing elections.
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Government Should Allow Independent United Nations Probe
(New York) - The Chinese government should exercise maximum restraint in the face of unrest and violence on July 5 in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
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One Year After Prisoners Died During Unrest, No News of at Least 1,500
(New York) - Syrian authorities should immediately make public the fate of all detainees at Sednaya prison, at least nine of whom are believed to have been killed when military police used lethal force during unrest in the prison last July.
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Dan Godston: The Bauhaus: 90 Years / 90 Days

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: d documenta at Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Turin, Italy

July 10, 2009

Castello di Rivoli Museo
d'Arte Contemporanea

Installation view of documenta II with works by Julio Gonzalez, 1959
On the left: "L'ANGE", 1933
On the right: "TÊTE DITE PLATE", 1930
Photographer: unknown
Bequest of Arnold Bode
Courtesy documenta Archiv

d documenta - a conference towards documenta 13

Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Turin, Italy
18 September 2009, 10am – 1pm and 2.30pm – 6.30pm
19 September 2009, 11am – 1pm and 2.30pm – 6.30pm

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The d documenta is a two-day conference which has the goal to provide a forum of discussion and reflection on the history of documenta, its various incarnations and its future.

documenta has come to represent a key periodic moment when contemporary art is exhibited and those who are interested in art as well as in its relation to the world meet, assess the situation and share their views. For those involved in organising the next documenta, the journey publicly begins on September 18th, 2009.

The speakers invited to this event are the artistic directors of all the preceding editions of documenta. Each former director has been asked to make a presentation about their documenta by first describing the sense of the present they felt at the time of the project they organised: How did they feel present to their time, what did that mean and how did that inform the strategies they employed, the decisions they took? Second, they have been asked to outline, in retrospect, what they might have done differently - in light of what happened in the world of art and in the world at large subsequent to their documenta.

The Castello di Rivoli and documenta 13 are grateful that all the former directors, as representatives of the artists and the curatorial teams who together conceived, imagined, witnessed and dreamed documenta, have accepted the invitation and will reflect upon their ideas and experiences.

When documenta was conceived in the early 1950s, it was a direct response to the "degenerate art" politics of the Third Reich. Therefore, contrary to other periodic international exhibitions which have emerged from the world fair models of the 19th century, it is characterised by a theoretical grounding and a sense of the urgency of art in society. Today no less than 50 years ago.

The choice of Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, as the ideal location for this conference, is due to the particular circumstance that the museum's first director, Rudi Fuchs, was also Artistic Director of documenta 7 in 1982, and that today, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Chief Curator since 2001 and interim artistic director of the Castello di Rivoli in 2009, has been nominated the Artistic Director of documenta 13, which will be held in 2012 in Kassel. "documenta 13 - says Christov-Bakargiev - is being developed from an archeological perspective, according to which every cultural project that moves forward must be grounded on a backwards gaze, in an ecological relationship to the past. How was the present imagined in the second half of the 20th century and what was considered urgent at each successive edition of the exhibition?" At the same time, she is "…personally committed to the illogical, the playful and the poetic, to the celebration of works of art, as well as to the participation and singular experience of those who attend an event like documenta".

This conference attempts to bring the past, present, and future of documenta into one room, in dialogue, and we invite those who are interested to join us.

The speakers are:
Heiner Georgsdorf, Speaker of the Board of Trustees of the Arnold-Bode- Foundation, and friend of Arnold Bode.
With reference to documenta, 1955, II.documenta, 1959, documenta III, 1964, 4.documenta, 1968, directed by A. Bode.
Walter Grasskamp, Chair of Art History in the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich. With reference to documenta, 1955; II. documenta, 1959; documenta III, 1964; 4.documenta, 1968.
Jean-Christophe Ammann, part of the 'Work group' that curated documenta 5, 1972, directed by Harald Szeemann.
Manfred Schneckenburger, Artistic Director of documenta 6, 1977
and documenta 8, 1987.
Rudi Fuchs, Artistic Director of documenta 7, 1982.
Jan Hoet, Artistic Director of documenta IX, 1992.
Catherine David, Artistic Director of documenta X, 1997.
Okwui Enwezor, Artistic Director of documenta 11, 2002.
Roger M. Buergel, Artistic Director of documenta 12, 2007.
Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director of documenta 13, 2012.

General Information

All lectures and discussions will be recorded and published electronically.

Attendance to the conference is free but seating is limited.
Booking essential by August 5, 2009.
To reserve your seat please fill out the application form available on the website and
The application form (one per person) must be completed and sent to
For further booking information: + 39 011 9565270, Email

For Press and Public Relations information concerning the d documenta conference:

Massimo Melotti, Press and Public Relations
Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea
Piazza Mafalda di Savoia – 10098 Rivoli (Turin)
Tel. + 39 011 9565209 – Fax +39 011 9565231

Markus Müller, Head of Communication
documenta 13
Friedrichsplatz 18
34117 Kassel
Tel + 49 561 707270 - Fax + 49 561 7072739

The d documenta conference is organised by Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Turin and documenta und Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs-GmbH, Kassel, in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Turin, and with further support from IFA –Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V.

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