Ballots, Bullets or Ballets
By Zaki Razak
Date: 4pm-2am Saturday 18 December 2010
Venue: The Substation Random Room
In 1964, African-American freedom fighter, Malcolm X delivered a compelling speech a few months before the Presidential Election. The speech, ‘The Ballot or the Bullet’ is considered to be one of the most important American speeches of the twentieth century. It was a speech to revive peoples’ consciousness – mobilising their minds to participate at an instant, rather than letting them drag their minds to passivity – to vote consciously rather than to vote blindly.
Ballots, Bullets or Ballets is an egalitarian attempt to open up the possibility of artistic resistance by suspending and unfolding contradictory artistic practices, aesthetic attitudes and strategies of representations, to give an idealised ‘balance of power’ rather than a self-simplified, self-controlled and self-glorified representation.