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Contemporary? Manifestos! (02)
Gato Negro ediciones
16.5 cm x 11.5 cm
Printed in Risograph
Start with a exclamation sign assumes that on the other side there is an exit: Untitled Manifesto puts this into question: how decomposition is made? In other words: you need a question mark to understand at what point the questions take form? For example: who can believe in the queries translated by Google? Basically, these are not questions without answers, but answers without questions. At the tip of spoils in speech, the artist Juan Caloca shows, in the form of a Manifesto, how much we lack to know and how little we know to imagine.
For the sake of humanity:
Burn this and all manifestos!
To see if someone remembers us only with the oral memory.
Mexico City-based Artist Juan Caloca intersperses blocks of black text reading “Crisis is not a surprise, but a condition inherent to humanity” or “We regret the slow death of socialism. And of all its ideological trends,” among “I already said Papa Smurf resembled Marx” and “Moreeruditelie.” Untitled Manifesto is heavy-handed in its juxtaposition of philosophical thought and humorous musings, perhaps in hopes of inspiring the idea that the two do not have to be mutually exclusive.
Devoid of any illustration or explanation for each phrase, the book certainly reads as a manifesto, touching on capitalism, the human condition and political action. Caloca’s words are nonsensical at times, which is proven to be intentional by the book’s end, as he cites Google responsible for the Spanish to English translation. “The author believes that the Internet is God, and Google the Holy Spirit--Word of the Lord--and acts accordingly,” he notes. If Caloca’s writing does not at first ring true, it might upon book’s end.
Gato Negro Ediciones publishes the sewn-bound, risograph-printed book.