Reality Manifestos - Can Dialectics Break Bricks?

A study of détournement as Art Forms


Museum Halls, WUK, Währinger Straße 59, 1090 Wien

Symposium from 19 - 20 January 2012. (Exhibition at Kunsthalle Exnergasse 19 January - 3 March 2012)

Lectures at the Symposium

COPYWRONG – techniques for mobilizing emancipatory politics!

by The Centre of Attention

“we have dvds!
Benjamin Guattari
apparatus signifier realisation!
Baudrillard, Deleuze, Kristeva,
appropriation Groys contingent Butler
techniques for mobilizing emancipatory politics!
you wanna buy?”


The Centre of Attention (Gary O'Dwyer and Pierre Coinde) is a gallery masquerading as an artist, or an artist masquerading as a gallery. Twelve years of collective practice against the serious in art, taking the risk of leaving a role to chance and interactions with their public, have taken them to the Venice Biennale (2005) and beyond. Their continuously growing website bears witness to an enormous variety of practices and rich collaborations. With their performance at Kunsthalle Exnergasse they will make Reality Manifestos – Can Dialectics Break Bricks? the first entirely détourned exhibition in the history of exhibition-making and contemporary art. At the height of the wave of current symptoms like privatization and piracy they question the elitist position of art objects, the autonomy and integrity of contemporary art, the habitus of the audience and the functioning of the exhibition space.