[NetBehaviour] The Flag: Instruction Manual # 2
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The Flag: Instruction Manual # 2
Carlos Noronha Feio, Daria Kirsanova and Sohrab Kashani
@ Sazmanab Platform for Contemporary Arts
#2, No. 99, Pardis St., Ariafar St., Sazman-e ab St., Sheikh Fazlolah
Nouri Hwy., Tehran, Iran
Private View: 19th of April 16-20 (Tehran Time)
19 April – 2 May 2013
Exhibition, open call for papers and visual material and collateral events.
Sazmanab is proud to present The Flag: Instruction Manual # 2, a
collaboration between London based artist Carlos Noronha Feio, curator
Daria Kirsanova and Tehran based curator Sohrab Kashani. This exhibition
is the second interpretation of the project started as a
performance/event entitled Instruction Manual Number One: Washing the
Flags for a Peaceful Revolution in Vienna, December 2011. Conceived by
Carlos Noronha Feio, the work is a multimedia performance conducted via
Internet that also includes an actual physical action/performance in the
gallery space. The conceptual core of this project is constructed
utilising the protest action ‘Lava la bandera’ (Wash the flag) by
Colectivo Sociedad Civil, but it is also rooted in the proposal by the
socialist American politician Norman Thomas who called for an
alternative to the burning of the flag during the Vietnam War, a silent
(non violent) protest -a washing of the flag.
The project presents a matrix, modular flexible conceptual construction
that can be shaped according to specific concerns relevant to the place
where it is performed. This unusual structure operates on multiple
layers of meaning and references. The most obvious reading would be to
look at the project in light of the notions of authority and authorship.
Yet, it is much broader in its critique. The use of Internet here, for
example, is an attempt to construct multiple layers of detachment and
separation within the cyber space. This action aims to create a
distance, a conceptual detachment from the actual geographical locations
of either participants of the action/performance. Through this
abstraction Noronha Feio seeks to transcend well-known post-colonial
theory concepts of ‘centre’ and ‘periphery’ of cultural production.
Noronha Feio’s practice is operating within the so-called post
post-colonial theoretical field. He is opening spaces for an assumption
that equality is a certainty and that constructed social environments
have to be respected but not at the expense of creation of division. He
is as an example, defending ideas as borderlessness.
The Flag: Instruction Manual # 2 is the result of months of exchanging
ideas, where the artist’s perspective and knowledge related to the
previous event has been transformed by all three intervenients. It is
not just a one off performance, but a two-week exhibition that includes:
sculptural objects – flag and bucket; a video – documentation of the
process of making of the flag and a series of video instructions in
English, Portuguese, Russian and Persian.
Sazmanab will host two collateral events during the course of the
- 26 April 2013: Screening of a documentary AGAINST THE GRAIN: An
Artist's Survival Guide to Peruby Ann Kaneko (2008) color, 65 mins.
- 1 May 2013: Carlos Noronha Feio in conversation with Daria Kirsanova
and the audience at Sazmanab. The event is conducted via Internet from
As part of the exhibition a book will be assembled, this work will be
composed of archival information of the making of the exhibition, as
well as being open to information gathered by the spectators and other
collaborators. Information on the original action as well as other
manifestations of the same or different actions with the same end game:
a re-empowerment of the individual in relation to the state apparatus.
To this effect we are here calling for your contribution. Contributions
will be accepted in any manifestation that is possible to put down in a
piece of paper ( i.e: essays, found, poetry, comments, photo, code,
Please send your contribution via email to info at sazmanab.org.
by post to #2, No. 99, Pardis St., Ariafar St., Sazman-e ab St., Sheikh
Fazlolah Nouri Hwy., Tehran, Iran.
or drop them by the gallery.
A pdf and print on demand book will be compiled and placed on the
Sazmanab website at the end of the show.
Opening 1st of May:
‘THIS THIS MONSTER THIS THINGS', (group), Ikon Gallery, 1st May 2013
Carlos Noronha Feio
Carlos Noronha Feio (solo), MOCA London, 2013
Flat Pack Native and Other Pacific Constructions, (solo), Carlos
Carvalho Contemporary Art, until the 27th of April, Lisbon, Portugal
É um mundo novo! / It's a new world!, (Solo), Museu da Luz, Until the
14th of April 2013, Portugal
You Are Now Entering_____. , (group) Centre for Contemporary Art
‘THIS THIS MONSTER THIS THINGS', (group), Focal Point Gallery
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