Maja Budzarov & Predrag Sidjanin
Maja Budzarov & Predrag Sidjanin, the MP_Art Collective, show a video/installation in cooperation with the audience. It’s a provocative video which isn’t about erotics or politics bur simply: smoking cigarettes. The creator team called it „Smoking“ and asks for cooperation from the audience. They ask you to light a cigarette in a room where that is forbidden. The video itself shows a woman, the author, smoking a cigarette wearing several wigs, in different positions. She does it passionately-there are ashtrays around, inviting the viewer to smoke too. This work-more of a media one- carries an idea of resistance to meaningless ideas. Although we all know that smoking isn’t the heathiest of habits, the way of restriction offends artists, but also the inhabitants of the planet. We are experiencing an attack on personal choices- a free choice is taken away from us. Because nobody fights for everyone to smoke, but to divide the space for socializing and gathering-this way, everyone would have options to choose from. Conspiracy theories say that mankind is preparing for a dictature of the elite. It’s researched how much they’ve been subjected to bans by now. Under the disguise of worry for our health or safety, our rights are taken away from us. This work accomplishes apellative communication. The artists lure us with a game into thinking about the present moment in time. We can’t ignore the events around us. The disobedience to the elite on the streets of New York, Athens, London, Bruxelles and Berlin, but also elsewhere, talk about the reaction of the disempowered majority. These situations in the streets don’t have a political prefix, they are reactions of the disempowered people who just want to be a part of the average-income-population. The capital on the loose, statesmen functioning as managers, instead of legally elected representers of the people who take care of them too, all those contribute to the implosion of the whole system. The capital is now reaching for the lives of the people who respected it, the population of democratic countries. Greed prevented it from seeing that by doing this, it’s cutting its own throat. Just like all the past financial crises, this one will be primarily carried by the middle and low classes. In a time of dissapearing rights, hidden smoking in a public place may come off as bizarre. This artistic action allows smoking in a public place to smokers. Because, on the wall, it says in English and in Thai: smoking is allowed in this area, or การสูบบุหรี่จะได้รับอนุญาตในพื้นที่นี้ .