Collection Title: CADA (Colectivo Acciones de Arte) collection
Title: NO+
Alternate Title: NO mas
Alternate Title: NO more
Date: 1996
Location: Recorded in Santiago, Chile, in 1996.
Work Type: Documentary., Interview., Political performance., Video/action on art & politics.
CADA (Colectivo Acciones de Arte), Lotty Rosenfeld, producers ; David Muñoz, editor ; Lotty Rosenfeld, David Muñoz, videographers.
Milan Ivelic, Nelly Richard, José Joaquín Brunner, Eugenia Brito, interviewees.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:51:10
Language: In Spanish.
Synopsis: The Colectivo de Acciones de Arte (CADA) is a Chilean activist group of artists who used performance to challenge the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. One of the most important contributors to the ‘Escena Avanzada’, CADA incorporated strategies of theatricality and performance as an essential element to all its ‘art actions’, while questioning the practices and institutions of all politics and conceiving art as a necessary social practice that eradicated the traditional distance between the artist and the spectator. Committed to the foundation of an open and spontaneous practice of spectatorship, their ‘interventions in everyday life’ intended to interrupt and alter the normalized routines of the daily urban life of the citizen, by means of a semiotic subversion that decontextualized and semantically restructured urban behaviors, locations and signs.On the 10th year of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile, CADA proposed the slogan 'NO +' (NO more). This was meant as an open text to be completed by the citizens, according to their specific social demands (No more ...). CADA invited Chilean artists from different fields to spread this message on walls all over Santiago. The slogan was soon used by different collectives all over the country as a massive public symbol of political resistance and non-conformity.This documentary shows a series of interviews with Chilean intellectuals reflecting on the centrality of CADA for the resistance to the Pinochet dictatorship. The interviewees (Milan Ivelic, Nelly Richard, José Joaquín Brunner and Eugenia Brito) talk about the rupturist character of CADA vis-à-vis the Chilean art establishment, posing an interpenetration of art, politics and social critique in their work, and branding CADA as fundamental to the development of a field of political resistance and critical thinking among intellectuals.
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Copyright Holder: C.A.D.A. (Colectivo Acciones de Arte)
Contact: Carolina Barra
Carolina Barra
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Chile