“Our specific concern is the use of certain
means and actions and the discovery of new ones, means that are more
easily recognizable in the domain of culture and customs, but which
must be applied in interrelation with all revolutionary changes”.
Guy Debord. Revolution and counter revolution in Modern Culture 1957.
KISSS believes that the need for artist’s practitioners to engage
with the social, political climate is the only way forward for contemporary
practice now. Action and activation is NOW. Engagement and collaboration
will produce a REVOLUTIONARY new performance form, that engages the
strategies of advertising, media campaigns and BBC type exposures and
“Channel 5” trash, in a linked event that takes place over
a period of months both in the form of a summit and a media circus and
exhibition internationally. The Situationist organizational models can
be utilized as a relevant trope from which to develop this international
performative intervention, KISSS.
We are utilising strategies of political parties, cigarette companies,
reality television, high art and trash culture to create a critical
mass. We believe that to bring this diverse group of women together
will be light hearted and humorous in the way that we engage both in
dialogue and with the event itself, without denigrating the seriousness
of the multitude of issues surrounding surveillance and suppression
in the current political arena. We regard the bringing together of a
high profile group of women as a celebratory strategy, rather than an
oppositional one. Gayatri Spivak speaks of a ‘practique sauvage’
or wild practice.
This work is in this spirit; it renegotiates ‘feminist’
strategies of intervention. The aim, to highlight the mechanisms of
a system, which increasingly asks the individual to report information
ranging from potential terrorist risk to fly tipping. “Be vigilant
at all times!”
Like Camp David, the summit, a high profile meeting and it’s residues
and exhibition potentials will take place in an isolated country retreat
to allow for a period of development with some of the group members
free from the normal constraints of every day life. It is appropriate
that the venue selected for the summit, Woodspring Priory, is an old
place for religious retreat, located in the countryside by the sea.