ADDRESSING YOU MAN TO MAN
Stations on the way
2003, the year of general election in Croatia
(excerpts from the essay The
Metapolitics of Truth by Žarko Paić)
Addressing the Other man to man is a primary act of resorting
to the consciousness, to what links us at all in the common
life. This is a humble appeal to a return to humanity. We
are not primarily different, that is, Other, but the same.
By being the same, acknowledged in universality as beings
of the community, the political community being just a closed
framework of a broader community (the world, the cosmos),
and the characterised political act of a highly reordered
life in the world cannot refer only to the tyranny of man
over other creatures and nature in general, it is possible
to understand the metapolitics of truth in a utopian way as
a journey to democracy. But democracy is not an aim, rather
a political means so that the humanity of humans in the community
of living creatures should fulfil its purpose. That is why
the way is consecrated. In it can be recognised the point
of what was set from outside as objective and target – the
metapolitics of truth.
The new project of contemporary multimedia artist Dalibor
Martinis, I am addressing
you man to man – Stations on the road to democracy
is an autonomous act of intimate repoliticisation of the artistic
event-in-time. There are three conceptual determinants of
this unique utopian attempt at persuasion to democracy. From
the horizon of the perceived intention of the metapolitics
of truth for which a rephrasing of Gandhi’s maxim “there is
no path to the truth; the truth is the path” Martinis’s project
is based on 1) a communicational post-enlightenment return
to the value of man as universal being of community; 2) mysticism
of travelling through space-time in which every person takes
on the responsibility for the general good through the act
of his own decision; 3) the utopianisation of the banality
of everyday life through the critical procedure of destroying
the image of the world as mass media message.
In the film Sky above Berlin,
the Angel comes down from the sky and in trams, tubes, talks
with weary travellers/sufferers about love, death, friendship.
Martinis does not assume the function of the Wenders angel
of addressing someone man to man. The absent and decorporealised
artist of the subversion of the political in general leaves
through his messages to persons the identity of the artist-at-work.
Only the work and the event of this fascinating project of
an intimate democratic school for a different world is the
text. This is a project for literate people. And although
in the age of racial discrimination, in the America of the
sixties this was the last reason for the enlightenment mission
of the fighters for human rights – making people literate
– today it does not seem any the less current, this basic
thought of enlightenment education. To know how to read the
signs on the road to democracy is more than an artistic act.
And what else did Dalibor Martinis as artist wish to say,
addressing Thee, lonely traveller, man to man?
Artist based in Zagreb, Croatia