After Empire suggests an alternative for the iconic image
that collective memory has kept as the quintessential
moment of recent history: the hijacked plane hitting the
second tower. For artist Herman Asselberghs and philosopher
Dieter Lesage, this alternative to 9/11 would be:
February 15, 2003. On that day, 30 million citizens across
the planet marched against the unilateral decision by the
American government to start a pre-emptive war against
Iraq under the auspices of “the war on terror”. It was the
greatest peace demonstration since the Vietnam war and
probably the biggest protest march ever to take place. The
war did happen, but this world day of resistance could
very well mark the beginning of an empowering history of
the 21st century: 2/15 instead of 9/11.
published by AraMER, an imprint of mer.
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distributed by Exhibitions International,
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executive production by Auguste Orts,
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book design Maaike & Fairuz garage64.be
with the support of luca Campus Sint-Lukas
Brussel, rits School of Arts (Erasmus
University College Brussels), M Museum
Leuven, Square Brussels.
This book is published at the occasion of
Blijven Kijken / Ce qui nous regarde / Dropouts
at M Museum Leuven, 14 02 13 – 12 05 13.
A group show curated by Pieter Van Bogaert,
including Herman Asselberghs’ 2010 video
piece After Empire.
isbn 978 94 9069 394 7