The Populism project
tries to formulate concrete spaces for experience, reflection, and discussion linked to a contemporary political phenomenon that is as complex as it is widespread. There is little doubt that populist movements gain large parts of their persuasive power from their ability to play on emotions and desires that are supposedly exempt from the procedures of official democratic politics. It is at this level that an art exhibition can provide a space for reflection and experience that differs from that of other public forums. The point of departure is the idea that the emotions and desires that characterize populist politics are not necessarily separate from the ones that find expression in the sphere of art. In this way, key questions are how forms of populism ? whether left wing or right wing, progressive or reactionary ? promote themselves and their quest for mass appeal through a stylistic and aesthetic consciousness. It is in these economies of signs and desires that the political imagination of visual art can get involved, and address current cultural discussions by creating spaces and images for remodelling democracy.

Martin Le Chevallier
Safe Society (10.1Mb .mov)
Video, 1'50", 2003
(Click picture to watch movie)
1.12.2005 Populism Publications Launch in Oslo
30.09.2005 Book Launch/ Panel discussion at M?nzclub
30.09.2005 Reflexions on Populism exhibitions
23.07.2005 "Tv-Bridge" between Oslo and Vilnius 
29.06.2005 Interview with Nomeda and Gedimidas Urbonas
29.06.2005 Information on Pro-Test Lab project by Urbonas
29.06.2005 Simon Rees is reflecting the CAC exhibition
03.06.2005 Populism project Archive from 2004
01.06.2005 Populism Closing Party at CAC, Vilnius
31.05.2005 All sent newsletters and press releases  
11.05.2005 Info on Frankfurt local events
29.04.2005 The Populism Reader published
25.04.2005 The Populist tabloid NIFCA version as PDF
25.04.2005 Artist CV?s added
21.04.2005 More info on Amsterdam local program
07.04.2005 Artists CV?s added to press section
05.04.2005 More info on Populism Vilnius local program
04.04.2005 Information about Populism panel discussions
30.03.2005 More pressmaterial from Populism artists 
29.03.2005 Populism press release text for downloading
18.03.2005 Populism press material for downloading
18.03.2005 Populism website launched