VIDEO: Radio Etoile #5 - On the Power(lessness) of the Word
All we have is words, all we have is worlds.
This sentence hangs above the entrance of Kaaitheater in neon letters. It is a quote and an artwork by Tim Etchells. What is the place of the word, the text, and the story today? Does the word that attempts to convey complexity still have any power against the simplistic and populist word? And can words compete in any case with the power of images?
How much has the world changed since 1977? The demand for a new political 'account' to replace the neo-liberal 'accounting' is growing ever louder. The search for for a star to show us a new way is growing ever more urgent. RADIO ETOILE questions the power of artists and cultural centres in our current circumstances. Can they or should they lead the way? We've invited artists, thinkers, lecturers and journalists to reflect on this question in seven one-hour sessions.
Tim Etchells & Pieter De Buysser (mod. Esther Severi)