DECESO reflects on the political and cultural problems
of contemporary societies through aesthetics.
THE DECEASED MANIFESTO
1. We radically believe in the political dimension of aesthetics. All artistic production is the creation of a world and we intend to host a universe.
2. Art does not manifest beauty, but existence. We refuse to reduce art to ornament. Art’s function is not to aestheticize space, but to symbolically penetrate its matter.
3. We reject all kinds of purity. There are no originals or copies. Nothing was necessarily better or worse in the past, nor will it be in the future. Everything is, at the same time, truth and metaphor, reality and virtuality.
4. Our movement is that of transition. All Post– is a Proto–. We oscillate between potentiality and actuality. Our identity is not static. We are always the same ones, never the same one. We only recognize the –ism of dynamism.
5. We oppose dichotomous and manichaean distinctions. There is no difference between form and substance, figure and content, reason and senses, art and technique. Everything that we are and everything that surrounds us is particle sculpted by energy.
6. There is no surface or depth. Nothing is banal or scholar. Every seed that takes root is planted on Earth. The hyper-media condition of the present ended the under and mainstream. Our orientation is that of recursive navigation.
7. Our praxis is a paradox. The resistance to the omnipresence of the world-system of capital requires non-linear deployments. We admit the incompatible relationship between actions and ideologies.
8. We are skeptical of everything. Not believing in anything is not a nihilistic remark, but a critical affirmation. We doubt the hegemonic and the contestant alike. We reject any essentialist totalitarianism that seeks to impose an order to the world according to certain norms of a power. Likewise, we distrust any remedy that aims to magically eradicate classism, racism, colonialism, xenophobia, homophobia, patriarchy and supremacies in general. Facing these realities means recognizing them as existing and persistent in our culture. To criticize them is also to question ourselves.
9. We must emancipate ourselves from our original trauma. Our generation is the product of a broken promise: success and happiness are not found at the end of the tunnel of sacrifice. Our circumstance is that of a perpetual crisis that sharpens proportionally as capital decreases. To accept our finitude is to free ourselves from this burden.
DECESO is that liberation.