Ana Teixeiro Pinto - Vortrag
Ana Teixeira Pinto - Aspirational Nihilism* and Fascist Curious Aesthetics
Vortragsreihe Freie Kunst / 04.07.2018
Zu Gast ist die Künstlerin Ana Teixeira Pinto und stellt sich und ihre Arbeiten vor.
04.07.2018, 18 Uhr
Auditorium, Speicher XI, Bremen
In August 12 2007, in Charlottesville, the “national flag of Kekistan“ (a fictional country invented by users on 4chan’s /pol/ board whose flag mimics the Reichskriegsflagge) marched along with National Socialist flags, Deus vult and Iron crosses, Swastikas and Valknot symbols, making apparent an ideological affiliation the alt-right had hitherto kept (half) hidden. The same “national flag of Kekestian” made repeated appearances when Matteo Salvini campaign in Milan in February this year. The new face of fascism is not post-industrial, but urban, affluent and digitally born.
How did the ethos of the internet and of the tech industry transmogrify? How did it so rapidly change from the market besotted optimism of Bill Gates’and its promises of parity and participation to the digital feudalism represented by Bay Area neoreactionaries and cybermonarchists?
If every rise of Fascism bears witness to a failed revolution**, one could say that the rise of cryptofascist tendencies within the tech industry bears witness to the failures of the “digital revolution,” whose promises never came to pass. From this perspective the mix of cyberobscurantism, far-right esoterica, and paranoid ideation so popular online could be read as the morbid symptom of this ongoing transformation.
*Aspirational nihilism is a term coined by art historian Larne Abse Gogarty.
**The thought that the rise of fascism tends to follow a failed revolution is usually attributed to Benjamin though he never said this directly.
Kekistan is a fictional country invented by users on 4chan’s /pol/ board. Their flag mimics the Reichskriegsflagge, with a 4chan logo in the upper left corner.
 For a detailed examination of the white supremacist iconography present in Charlottesville please see: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/local/charlottesville-video...
Ana Teixeira Pinto is writer and cultural theorist based in Berlin. She is a lecturer at Universität der Künste, Berlin, and a research fellow at Leuphana University, Lüneburg. Her writings have appeared in publications such as Afterall, Springerin, Camera Austria, e-flux journal, art-agenda, Mousse, Frieze, Domus, Inaesthetics, Manifesta Journal, or Texte zur Kunst. She is the editor of The Reluctant Narrator (Sternberg Press, 2014) and has recently contributed to Alleys of Your Mind: Augmented Intelligence and its Traumas (edited by Matteo Pasquinelli, 2015) and Nervöse Systeme (edited by Anselm Franke, Stephanie Hankey and Marek Tuszynski, 2016).