Manuel Borja-Villel

Puerta del Sol, Madrid, May 20, 2011. Photo: Arturo Rodríguez/AP.

1 Puerta del Sol, Madrid, May 15 Tired of seeing the balance between politics and economics tipped definitively in favor of the latter, and aware that the financial oligarchy determines our fates even more directly than the military-industrial complex did during the Fordist period, a varied multitude occupied the center of Madrid. For more than a month, thousands of people organized themselves in makeshift tents, voiced their demands, and showed the world the need to rethink the basic principles of politics and democracy. The flame of their indignation spread around the world, from Tokyo to New York, sweeping through the major cities of Europe. Many of the groups who started to occupy public squares subsist precariously through cognitive labor, which is by no means alien to the sector of art and culture.

Philippe Van Snick, Blauw Glas (Blue Glass), 1979, thread, glass, dimensions variable. From “1979: Un Monument a instants radicals” (1979: A Monument to Radical Moments).

2 1979: Un Monument a Instants Radicals” (1979: A Monument to Radical

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