[iDC] Grupo Etcetera

gkester at ucsd.edu gkester at ucsd.edu
Fri Dec 23 17:05:09 EST 2005

Dear Brian and All,

Thanks for the details on Etcetera. They are really exciting, and it's
great to have some additional examples of practice to discuss. I agree
with Brian; there is a lot of very intersting work going on in Argentina
(dating back to the 1960s). On a related point, is anyone on the list
familiar with Fernando Gracia-Dory, who works in Spain? This is one of the
few net/new media and activist cross-overs that I'm actually familiar with
(his seed project was included in the Groundworks exhibition I did at
Carnegie Mellon this fall). He created linkages between the farming
community and hacker networks in Spain, associated with intellectual
property issues around control of seed stocks and information.


> hello Folks, just catching up on some lists here...
> Grant Kester wrote:
> I wanted to mention the work of Grupo Etcetera in
>> Argentina (thanks to Mariola Alvarez, one of my current students).
>> They've
>> been working with H.I.J.O.S (an activist group made up of the now-grown
>> children of the 'disappeared'). Grupo Etcetera developed a form of
>> protest
>> they called "escraches" (to scratch or reveal something) based on public
>> events to call attention to the homes of former torturers (who were in
>> official positions during the 'dirty war' and who now live in
>> anonymity).
> Grant and I are interested in the same people sometimes,
> which is kind of a conversation piece in itself!
> Etc. are an incredibly nice and wild bunch of people in
> Buenos Aires who like to be a "movement" more than a group,
> I guess they're "innerly conflicted" (aren't we all?). They
> didn't invent the escraches (H.I.J.O.S. did, and maybe the
> whole idea goes further back in Argentinean culture, I'm not
> sure) - but anyway, they were part of the escraches early on
> and have done great stuff, still do. They also took part in
> interesting exhibitions like Ex Argentina and Collective
> Creativity, both produced in Germany, remarkable work by Etc
> in those shows. They do a kind of surrealistic activist
> street theater - check out the last 5 photos on this page:
> www.argentina.indymedia.org/news/2004/12/247986.php
> Recently they became the "Errorist Movement" - errare
> humanum est, after all - check out the comedy in Mar del
> Plata to welcome Bush to the FTAA summit:
> http://argentina.indymedia.org/news/2005/11/345450.php
> Probably the most hilarious Etc action is during the
> insurrection when they did the "Mierdazo" in front of the
> Congress - appearing solemnly before the popular assembly to
> invite everyone go hurl shit at their so-called
> representatives, which was duly done, and then repeated in
> favor of the banks a while later, check it out:
> http://argentina.indymedia.org/news/2002/02/14113.php
> http://argentina.indymedia.org/news/2002/02/14727.php
> http://argentina.indymedia.org/news/2002/02/15057.php
> http://argentina.indymedia.org/news/2002/02/15058.php
> http://argentina.indymedia.org/news/2002/02/15059.php
> http://argentina.indymedia.org/news/2002/02/15060.php
> http://argentina.indymedia.org/news/2002/02/15061.php
> There's lots of interesting work in Argentina since the late
> nineties at least (since the 60s actually). I have written
> an unfinished text about that, which is up with some
> pictures (but no good ones of Etc) at www.u-tangente.org,
> click on Continental Drift, then 16 Beaver sessions. Someday
> I hope to go a little further with this piece, which mostly
> shows you another great Argentinean street art gang, the
> Grupo de Arte Callejero....
> ciao ciao, Brian
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