Lecture performance on right-wing online activism by and with: Arne Vogelgesang
Followed by a talk with invited guests directly after the end of the performance.
In German. Suitable from class 12 up. Tickets: 10 €, Reduced tickets: 5 €. Reservation recommended.
Arne Vogelgesang’s Flammende Köpfe (“Flaming Heads”) retraces the way from living room to Internet riot. With the help of vlogs, propaganda, music, documentary material and a growing
choir of avatars, the lecture performance recounts the still young history of rightwing voices on the net. On February 18, 2016, an “asylum critical” mob hooted down a bus full of refugees in front of their accommodation facilities in the Saxon town of Clausnitz. One week later, the German TV show “Stern TV” published an interview with Wolfram Fischer, an interpreter who was
also on the bus. He didn’t talk about a crowd of people attacking the bus but referred to them as “a bulk of heads”. Hating, screaming heads. The linguistic image fitted the phenomenon of radical internet propaganda that has become popular in these times: video messages of political activist heads, for instance on YouTube. German converts threatened to behead German citizens. German citizens dreamt of guillotining the political authorities. In these hybrids of video blog and political speech at the virtual regulars’ table, heads and faces played a crucial
part. They were the carriers of civil personality agitating their reflections on the webcam. In which context did this new form of political subjectification develop? Which behavioural patterns and role models did it bring about? Which strategic calculations did it fall in line with? Flammende Köpfe was performed at Schauspiel Dortmund and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung produced a short tour with stops in Rostock, Chemnitz, Cottbus, Roter Salon in Berlin, at the re:publica and Filmwinter Stuttgart.
Concept, text, stage and video art: Arne Vogelgesang
Co-director: Wiebke Rüter
A co-operation of Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and Schauspiel Dortmund with Wand 5. e.V. (Filmwinter Stuttgart).
As a founding member of theatre label “internil” and under his own name Arne Vogelgesang has been devising theatre and performance projects since 2005. During the last 5 years, he has been especially interested in new forms of radical political subjectivation online and the narratives and memetic fields they embed themselves into. Arne also makes video art for others, gives talks and workshops on his research topics and occasionally writes texts about them. He is currently doing research on how to combine the potentials of live VR storytelling and cannibalism.