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Lisa Selvidge – about referenda

Posted in Achterwand van de klas, Uncategorized by admin on July 1, 2016

I’m having problems sleeping. I never have problems sleeping. A nearly four- year-old is a perfect remedy for sleeplessness. But still I’m tossing and turning in my bed in the mountains of the Algarve, worried. I have a German friend who is an expert in electoral law in Bremen and works for Mehr Demokratie. He is a great advocator of referendums. He had almost convinced me that this was real democracy at work. I even gave him the subtitle of a book he wrote about the subject: ‘Power to the People’. Switzerland, of course, is a Direct Democracy. All citizens have to vote for decisions pertaining to the governing of their country. It is law.

The first time I’d ever heard the word, ‘Referendum’ was in the early nineties when I was in the collapsing Soviet Union and suddenly referendums started sprouting out of the cracked concrete. I didn’t quite understand referendums then. I had always thought it was the job of MPs to represent the people. I was indignant. How dare they shift the blame of society collapsing to the people? To the Russians I knew at the time they simply couldn’t keep up. They were groaning under the weight of them.

Now, largely thanks to having a friend who can talk on the subject for hours, I am much better informed about referendums but it has never really been part of the UK’s democracy. Thanks to our ‘first-past-the-post’ system many of us have never had votes that really count. If you vote Labour in a Conservative county it is unlikely that your vote will change anything. And vice versa. And with Lib Dems. If you know Lib Dems are winning over Labour chances are (if you are more left-wing) you will, most likely, vote Lib Dems to give them a chance. Tactical voting. Also, many people when they are cross with a government will vote the opposite or for a party that they know will have little chance simply as a protest vote. It sometimes works. But, mostly, our votes don’t count for much.

A referendum is very different. All votes count. Even protest votes.

I try to try to explain this to my friend without crying. He is non-plussed.

‘To me, it is clear,’ he says. ‘The people have spoken to leave the EU. There’s no more to it.’
‘But it was a campaign based on lies and racism,’ I say. ‘So many people who voted Leave are regretting their decision!’
‘The Government had months to campaign.’ His voice is unemotional. ‘Both sides had equal time and opportunity to explain their positions.’
‘But people believed the lies that Farage was going to spend 350 million allocated to the EU on the NHS. Did you not see the posters of refugees queuing in to come in to Britain? It was shameful.’
He shrugs.
‘People didn’t really understand that their vote would count,’ I continue even though I don’t know how to translate ‘first-past-the-post’. Elections in the UK are different, it’s a first past… We are not used to referendums.’
‘There was one a few years ago about the electoral system.’
It’s true. There was one in 2011 about an Alternative Voting system which was defeated. Forty-two percent voted in it. The campaign was described in retrospect by political scientist Iain McLean as a “bad-tempered and ill-informed public debate.”
‘You are being an anti-democrat,’ my friend swiftly concludes.
‘And you are letting fascism rise!’ I cry.

Maybe he’s right. But.

Racism is ugly. I have lived in many different countries and I have experienced racism. It is not nice. Fortunately, I live in a tolerant society in Portugal and have never had ‘Fuck off back to England’ spayed on my wall. Yet. Racism is not genetic. It is taught. By other unhappy people, and taken advantage of by people who want power to define themselves.

Of course, if all the UK citizens did have to fuck off back to Britain imagine what would happen. Up to five million Brits coming back. The drain on the NHS (most of us are older) and many don’t work that much so we wouldn’t be paying into society (not like the Polish anyway). That’s not clever.

I am not an expert. I am only one person. But I am not an anti-democrat. I accept the result. That won’t stop me, however, from democratically reeling against it. It seems to me that we need to think very carefully about holding referendums until we, as a society, are ready. There is a lot more groundwork to be done. We need rules. We need to decide what percentage needs to vote for a result to be acted upon. What does abstention mean? We need to decide if it has any constitutional hold (it doesn’t at the moment). We need campaigns based on truth, not lies – and we need an independent body to regulate this. We could practise with something like, ‘should voting rights be extended to UK citizens living in the EU and other countries’ – people who have been excluded from voting about their future. We should make sure that everyone really understands the power of the people before risking another fiasco such as Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. But I guess we know all that now. For me, my first referendum was a baptism in fire.

CNEAI = JEF GEYS LE TOUR DE FRANCE 1969 D’EDDY MERCKX PAR SYLVIE BOULANGER ET FRANCIS MARY

Posted in Uncategorized by admin on June 6, 2016

DIMANCHE 12 JUIN, À PARTIR DE 13:00

13:00 – VISITE DE L’EXPOSITION PAR LES COMMISSAIRES
14:00 – CONCERT PROJECTION DE VINCENT EPPLAY

Jef Geys a pensé l’exposition Tour de France 1969 d’Eddy Merckx comme un tour de France 2016-2017 d’expositions, ponctué d’étapes dans des lieux d’art contemporain. Le parcours débute au Cneai et se poursuit à travers la France en cinq étapes: le CAPC, musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, les Bains-Douches d’Alençon, le Centre d’art contemporain / Passages à Troyes, l’IAC, Institut d’art contemporain à Villeurbanne et le Vog, centre d’art contemporain de la ville de Fontaine. 
En 1969, Jef Geys décide de suivre le tour de France sur la totalité du parcours pour couvrir ce qui sera la première victoire d’Eddy Merckx. Dans sa Citroën 2cv, il suit Eddy Merckx à chaque étape, lors des pauses et des cocktails. Les 65 photographies sont en noir & blanc. Exposées presque cinquante ans après leurs créations, elles pourraient être marquées d’une valeur documentaire ou nostalgique. C’est sans compter le caractère acéré de l’oeuvre de Jef Geys, lequel décide d’accompagner les photographies d’encadrements « boulonnés ».

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Avec : CAPC, musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Les Bains-Douches, Alençon 
Centre d’art contemporain / Passages, Troyes, IAC, l’Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne, Vog, centre d’art contemporain de la ville de Fontaine. 

CE MÊME JOUR, OUVERTURE DE L’EXPOSITION

YONA FRIEDMAN
L’HUMAIN EXPLIQUÉ AUX EXTRATERRESTRES
PAR SYLVIE BOULANGER ET ELISABETH LEMERCIER
cneai de chatou
Ile des Impressionnistes, Hameau Fournaise,
2 rue du Bac, 78400 Chatou  
www.cneai.com  + 33 (0) 139524535  

Gelukkig zijn er nog mensen zoals Joris

Posted in Uncategorized by admin on May 31, 2016

CNEAI & KEYMOUSE: JEF GEYS, LE TOUR DE FRANCE 1969 D’EDDY MERCKX

Posted in Uncategorized by admin on May 20, 2016

CNEAI =

JEF GEYS 
LE TOUR DE FRANCE 1969 D’EDDY MERCKX
PAR SYLVIE BOULANGER ET FRANCIS MARY

DIMANCHE 12 JUIN, À PARTIR DE 12:00

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DIMANCHE 12 JUIN

12:00 – BRUNCH RSVP
13:00 – VISTE DE L’EXPOSITION PAR LES COMMISSAIRES
14:00 – CONCERT PROJECTION DE VINCENT EPLLAY

En 1969, Jef Geys décide de suivre le tour de France sur la totalité du parcours pour couvrir ce qui sera la première victoire d’Eddy Merckx. Dans sa Citroën 2cv, il suit Eddy Merckx à chaque étape, lors des pauses et des cocktails. Gros plans sur les fans, sur les badauds composant la foule, sur les salons d’hôtels, dans les rues, les villes et multitude de points de vue sur Eddy Merckx en course et en représentation.
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Télécharger le communiqué de presse
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Avec : CAPC, musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Les Bains-Douches, Alençon 
Centre d’art contemporain / Passages, Troyes, IAC, l’Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne

CE MÊME JOUR, OUVERTURE DE L’EXPOSITION

YONA FRIEDMAN
L’HUMAIN EXPLIQUÉ AUX EXTRATERRESTRES
PAR SYLVIE BOULANGER ET ELISABETH LEMERCIER

cneai de chatou
Ile des Impressionnistes, Hameau Fournaise,
2 rue du Bac, 78400 Chatou  
www.cneai.com  + 33 (0) 139524535  

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Jonge Auteurs – Young Authors – Jeunes Auteurs: Anna Van Baelen

Dit is het eerste nummer in een reeks die door VZW Cultuurcentrum en KAZINI zullen worden uitgegeven. De bedoeling is Jonge Auteurs – leeftijdsgrens 15 jaar- een verhaal te laten schrijven en dit op een beperkt aantal te verspreiden. Op dit  eerste nummer van Anna Van Baelen staat op  op de voorpagina een schilderij van Inge Godelaine en op de achterflap een foto genomen door Jacques Charlier (genomen van zijn facebookpagina ) met dank aan beide kunstenaars.

This is the first edition in a series that will be published by VZW Cultuurcentrum and KAZINI. We intend to distribute stories by Young Authors (up to 15 years old) on a limited edition. In this first issue with a story by Anna Van Baelen, we feature a painting by Inge Godelaine on the frontcover and a picture by Jacques Charlier on the back (taken from his facebookpage) with thanks to both artists.

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Jonge Auteurs – Young Authors – Jeunes Auteurs

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Poetry – Ina Vandebroek on Keymouse Editions

Posted in Uncategorized by admin on April 28, 2016

15 poems and pictures of Ina Vandebroek including a front cover by Jef Geys

published by Keymouse Editions.

You can read it here.

Ina Vandebroek on Keymouse Editions

 

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