The Special Edition of the Flying Circus Project in the Yokohama Triennale is a school of politics which looks at an atypical gathering of ‘small’ politics and everyday activism in arts and culture. It will highlight the role of artists in the larger context of their societies by bringing together archives, videos, CD-books, films, documentaries, and special events.
There is an emphasis on the educational quality regarding different aspects of activism in Southeast Asia. The project looks at documentation of everyday life by local communities – personal reflections about self, race and nation, metaphors expressed through the fun of animation, shadow puppets about urban life and rapid transformations, people in a country that the world left behind, and a retrieval of memory through oral archives and research. It has brought the discussion to Japan, where a roundtable looks at art and societal interactions, and the intimate processes of discussion and decision-making which impact public interests.
Presented as part of Yokohama 2005 International Trienniale of Contemporary Art, Yokohama, Japan.