The project task emphasises the need that every
citizen should be granted free access to information and the official
procedures that were hereto unavailable to the general public. Moreover,
we are offering the opportunity for pinpointing and creative treatment
of any local topic that is considered to be an open secret. The text of
the Draft Law on Free Access to Information
provides an indirect analysis of the unacceptable behaviour of the authorities
as regards public affaires. The text of this draft law and the issues
dealt with in the articles of that law give an insight into the existing
ossified pattern of the usual attitude of state and public institutions
towards analysing, processing and archiving information owned (and produced)
by them. Many of these attitudes have become widely accepted as typified,
eternal and unchangeable. The very inertness of the administration and
inefficiency of critical public opinion create and provide long-term favourable
conditions for the existence of open secrets: for example, corruption
is an unavoidable method of dealing with the authorities of state. Creative
answers to this topic provided by the Open Secret project, given in the
form of artistic or documentary work, should avoid the trap that campaigns,
public discussions or debates in the media often fall into: this project
is not targeted at some imaginary "interested and concerned"
citizens but... (further text is the Rex secret formula)
The main method applied when carrying out this project
consists of holding instructive, consultative and creative workshops which
provide conditions for creative work of the participants and for organizing
local and closing exhibitions.
PRIZE COMPETITION is open to authors of
all vocations. The candidates are invited to submit artistic and documentary
works responding to the topic "Open Secret ".
The participants can take part in the workshops focusing on preparing, creating and exhibiting works of art or consult with artists-moderators. Resource Centres and REX will provide financial and technical support for the production of works chosen and prepared in the course of the above-mentioned workshops.
Submission deadline is 25 June 2003.