The Internacional Errorista was born from the Argentine group Etcétera* to expand on their ideas. The Errorists were created for a protest to take place during the visit of George W. Bush and the Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata in 2005.
The collective participated in the counter-summit called 'The People's Summit' where there was an international gathering of social organisations, peasant movements, Leftist parties, NGOs and independent media, human rights organisations and student unions. Within this summit various demonstrations and cultural events were conducted.
The city was besieged by police and military, with the city centre closed and guarded by three cordons of security. In addition U.S. Mariners were monitoring the streets and beaches. The first statement made that day heads the manifesto: 'We are all errorist'. This was made amid a series of actions formed in response to mistakes made in the protests and street demonstrations.
The term 'Errorist' --decoupling the letter 't' from the word 'terrorist'-- refers to the so-called 'Global War on Terror' that the Bush Goverment propagated. The otherwise prohibitive discussion of what 'terror' constitutes today becomes joyful and possible through 'errorism' and also opens the way to consider the notion of 'error' as a human condition in the capitalist world that eschews mistakes and failures. The Internacional Errorista is an international organisation that claims 'error' as a philosophy of life.
Extracts from the Internacional Errorista First Declaration, October 2005 read;
we are all errorists!
errare humanum est!
1. Errorism is the concept and action based on the idea that 'error' is the principle order of reality.
2. Errorism is a philosophically erroneous position, a ritual of negation, a disorganised organisation: failure as perfection, error as appropriate move.
3. The field of action of 'errorism' contains all those practices that aim at the LIBERATION of the human being and language.
4. Confusion and surprise, black humour and absurdity are the favourite tools of the errorists.
5. Lapses and failed acts are an errorist delight.
In the biennial Errorista takes over the museum lobby with a constellation of props, including, banners, mannequins, pamphlets and images that document the joy and heart of a loose and on-the-go hilariously funny and biting practice, informed by art and activism.