One Gallery, here, from Belgrade (www.kcb.org.yu
) refuses MANIK with his proposal for exhibition.
Reason is, in jury explication, that MANIK have no international exhibitions.
Beside links with our net. or MNA activity on Rhizome in last few years(imagine-MANIK considered his work on Rhizome, even his cloned object "Rhizome twice in time “as part of international activity").It's obvious that jury actually not talking about MANIK's international, or whatewer,showing work, jury with his explanation actually denied that MANIK make New Media Art. That’s the fact.
In MANIK's case this act(refuse to give exhibition)mean that MANIK couldn't earn money and actualy,in state in transition which Serbia certainly is, without art market and without state support MANIK going to die both-as artist's and as human as well.
We know it's not coincidence easy to ignore.
New Media Art after all text,essays and thought on Rhizome and after all books
with NMA as subject,actually still depend on old discourse with root in 'classic' media theory/aesthetic.
MANIK have courage to fight for his NMA but without support from
institution as New Museum is,and without support of Rhizome comunity
we'll be one more idiots who fight with fists against bazooka.
MANIK, BELGRADE JULY 09, 2008.