In 2008, Dark Matter is all around us. Us artists, us activists, us outlaws.
All of us, we are engaged in a culture war and economic struggle against
establishments in all their guises. We form communities to counter the
alienation of everyday life, and the commercial and institutional structures
that stifle reality. We desire another world.
And we're not alone. As artist-activist Greg Sholette says, "a hidden
social production has always found its own time and space apart from
hegemonies of power and the objectifying routines of work. This dark
extends well beyond conventional conflicts between labor and capital
to form a murky excrescence of affects, ideas, histories, sentiments,
technologies that shift in and out of visibility like some half-submerged
In 2008, we think it's time for things to shift. It's time to re-ignite
dormant forces within the murky worlds of radical culture. It's time to
And how? From April 17-27 (11 days), we are gathering to celebrate, identify,
discuss and act on the workings of Dark Matter. Version>08: DARK MATTER
will showcase emerging, progressive trends in art, politics, technology
and music. We'll gather and see how our peers in the counterculture create
work, spaces, tactics and strategies. We'll witness multiple possibilities
for the future, and leave ready to act.
To read more about Dark Matterand the inspiration for this year's theme