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A World Without Any Future?, Statement No. 16, lecture performance w/ Zsolt Miklósvölgyi, Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt, A
Thanks to →Matt Colquhoun; photos by Johannes Puch
In Kunstraum Lakeside, Fridvalszki and Miklósvölgyi install an experimental setting where the metaphor of the psychedelic trip is used to make the energy of diverse counter-cultural momentums tangible—not only with the aid of a careful selection of pertinent contents and references but also in direct conversations with the two artists. ’’Psychedelia is an attitude fueled by improvisation and creativity, a belief that it is possible to see the world with different eyes’’ say Fridvalszki and Miklósvölgy with conviction about the political potential they have identified in psychedelic experiences to transcend the prevailing limits of our imagination. ’’Psychedelia negates hierarchies, ignorant individualism, hedonistic fetishes of matter, and thus represents a permanent threat to every authoritarian regime.’’ Statement No. 16 is inspired by their art collective and publication project Technologie und das Unheimliche (T+U), founded in 2014 in collaboration with Márió Z. Nemes, in which the trio of artist-authors produces magazine series, organizes lectures, exhibitions, and conferences at the interface of contemporary cultural phenomena and cultural techniques in the postdigital age. – Franz Thalmair
(Statement No. 16 was dedicated to Mark Fisher and →Jeremy Gilbert.)
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