performances / works / 2019
umwölkte utopie II
Installation as part of ALPHABET DES ANARCHISTISCHES AMATEURS, Steirischer Herbst, <rotor>, Graz, 2019
M for people: “Future inmates of coffins who can walk around for a while and do all sorts of jokes.” That is one of hundreds of definitions from the alphabet of the anarchist amateurs. Published in 2007 by the Grazian Germanist Beatrix Müller-Kampel, the volume collects “Aphorisms, Sentences and Reflections” from Herbert Müller-Guttenbrunn. From 1923 to 1929 he lived in Thoneben in the municipality of Semriach, north of Graz. His periodical publication Das Nebelhorn was published for the first time in these years. The exhibition connects his writings with the works of contemporary artists. It provides impulses for dealing with anarchism, which “wants to create a suitable social framework for the greatest possible individual freedom on the basis of radical democratic principles”, while at the same time “achieving the greatest possible equality and justice”, as can be read from the writer Ilija Trojanow.
At a time when nationalist narrowing and totalitarian tendencies are on the move again, this is more topical than ever.