GVS: Guggenheim Visibility Study

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    A discretionary research group for Vilnius’ Guggenheim project / Gugenheimo tyrimo ir palaikymo grupė
    MANIFESTO for COOKING Hermitage-Guggenheim DUMPLINGS June 14th, 2008

    This manifesto is written to mark the occasion of the Hermitage-Guggenheim Dumpling Party taking place on Saturday 14th June 2008 on the green field site for the new Hermitage-Guggenheim museum in Vilnius; officially approved by the government of The Republic of Lithuania on the 11th June 2008.

    During meetings with municipal and national government officials, we, the 2G Hermitage-Guggenheim Visibility Study Group were left in no doubt whatsoever that this initiative will bring Lithuania and Fluxus art onto the world stage and make Lithuania the most important gateway to the new Russia from the Western world in a way unthought off since Soviet times.

    As has been announced globally, this museum will become the 21st century home for the worlds most important collection of Fluxus Art, recently purchased from George Machunas a close friend of Jonas Mekas, by the Vilnius Municipality, for the The Hermitage-Guggenheim foundation in Vilnius. This as of 15/06/2008, can be seen at the Jonas Mekas Visual Art Centre in the Vilnius Gates Shopping Centre.

    The true meaning of dumplings is often misunderstood outside Eastern Europe and we wish to emphasize their importance in this part of the world in general and in Lithuania in particular. George Machunas, who was a Lithuanian, with Russian roots, introduced dumplings to the Fluxus movement.

    This gives a clear signal of national ownership Hermitage-Guggenheim Dumplings™ to The Republic of Lithuania.

    We demand that anybody making dumplings for Fluxus parties, from this moment on call them: “Hermitage-Guggenheim Dumplings™”.

    Dumplings for the 15 million people in the Baltic region:

    765 000 kg of Double M (Mekas/Maciunas) cheese curd;
    2 550 000 Oligarchic eggs from St Petersburg;
    1 500 000 kg PR flour;
    255 000 litres of Neris river water;
    2 500 000 pinches of Bilbao Effect sugar;
    2 500 000 pinches of Independent Expert salt.

    · First put the flour in a Baltic sized mixing bowl and stir in the sugar and salt with a Russian bears paw.
    · Crack in the whole eggs being careful not to allow any criticism and stir and stir and stir until there is no difference left between any of the parties.
    · Next slowly add the water as you stir. If you add to much just overwhelm it with more PR flour until you can no longer taste the Independent expert salt.
    · Spread the dough over the Baltic region and place the Double M cheese curd along the centre.
    · Role this into a linear connection between Vilnius and St Petersburg.
    · Cut this into small pieces and boil in a Zaha Hadid designed cooking pot and postpone their completion until 2013.
    · Finally distribute them proportionally between all those who invested their dough to make more dough out of the Lithuanian Taxpayers.

    The 2G Hermitage-Guggenheim Visibility Study.
    Vilnius, June 13, 2008