Claire Fontaine, MECW (Karl Marx Frederick Engels Collected Works brickbats), 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Claire Fontaine, MECW (Karl Marx Frederick Engels Collected Works brickbats), 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Claire Fontaine, MECW (Karl Marx Frederick Engels Collected Works brickbats), 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Claire Fontaine, MECW (Karl Marx Frederick Engels Collected Works brickbats), 2016. Photo: Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Claire Fontaine, Collected Works, 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Claire Fontaine, Collected Works, 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Claire Fontaine, Red Government M16, 2016; Red AK47, 2016; Red H&K G36C, 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Claire Fontaine, Red Government M16, 2016; Red AK47, 2016; Red H&K G36C, 2016. Photo: Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Claire Fontaine, Red Taser X26, 2016; Red Motorola Radios, 2016. Photo: Colin Davison, courtesy AV Festival 2016

Claire Fontaine, Situations, 201. Photo: Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Claire Fontaine, Situations, 2011. Photo: Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Claire Fontaine has adopted the term human strike to define a type of strike that involves the whole of life, echoing Foucault’s statement that revolution within the modern European world is not only a political project but also a life form. For the Paris-based artist, this expression of human strike is more radical than a general strike within the labour movement; it is a pure means not a means to an end. Human strike attacks the economic, affective, sexual and emotional positions within which subjects are imprisoned. It is a way to change ourselves through a new subjectivity and intimacy, to adopt a behaviour that does not correspond to what others tell us about ourselves or want us to become. Refusing to act upon the actions of others through the uses of power, it negates leadership and invents new mediations between people with the ability to transform the world. Human strike is the gesture that makes legible the silent political element in everything. Its subjects are all social classes and it kills the bourgeois in all of us.

On Sat 27 February, 12.45–1.30pm, Claire Fontaine discuss their work at Tyneside Cinema. More information here.

Claire Fontaine

FREE

Preview: Fri 26 Feb, 7–10pm

27 February – 27 March 2016

Opening Times
Tue – Sun 12–6pm, closed Mon

Vane

First Floor
Commercial Union House
39 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle
NE1 6QE
vane.org.uk