THE STATE: The Coming Insurrection
THE STATE: The Coming Insurrection, Vol. 1
Allora & Calzadilla, Banksy, Ahmed Bouholaigah, Arnaud Brihay, James Clar, Wim Delvoye, Abdulnasser Gharem, Pascal Hachem, Rokni Haerizadeh, Aman Mojadidi, Jean-Luc Moulène, Hesam Rahmanian, Hamza Serafi, David Shrigley, Roman Signer, UBIK, Douglas White, Dan Witz, Akram Zaatari
Nov 10 - Dec 31, 2011

"It's useless to wait-for a breakthrough, for the revolution, the nuclear apocalypse or a social movement. To go on waiting is madness. The catastrophe is not coming, it is here. We are already situated within the collapse of a civilization. It is within this reality that we must choose sides."

 - The Coming Insurrection

The Invisible Committee is the collective pen-name for a small group of French post-Situationist intellectuals and academics, who in 2007 authored The Coming Insurrection, and in 2008 were arrested in France on charges of terrorism. The Coming Insurrection is a commentary on contemporary society and the building revolt against governmental and economic oppression. It references collapsing economies, crashing monetary systems, corrupted democracies, environmental degradation, global crises, riots, protests and above all, a moral and social decay.

'THE STATE' presents a group exhibition which takes its title from the book, and is a continuation of ‘THE STATE’, a socio-historical journal & forum, and a symbolic transition from the last exhibition 'Social/Antisocial?', which dealt with socialization and the current state of people and behavior. The Coming Insurrection is a response to the causes of discontent, namely mass injustice, corruption and greed in our societies and world at large. It deals with reasons for the current social condition, illustrating examples of it, and providing remedies.

As Rami Farook, curator of the exhibition, puts it "Similar to the book, many of the works touch on aspects of the self, social relations, work, the economy, the environment, and civilization, while searching for a social solution to the present. It is our duty as citizens, activists, mentors, monitors and advisors to raise a clamour to change the conditions. By being warned, the insurrection can be directed.”

Performance by Gayathri - 8 pm
Singer/songwriter Gayathri's performance will include a big-band ensemble and will mark the release of her single, limited edition LP and music video.