Over the past several decades there have been attempts found upon
drawing out the submerged ideological and political content within
artistic and cultural works as they act against their stated goals.
This 'strategy of overidentification' has been developed, starting
within the realm of psychoanalytic theory, and then forged into
tools for political intervention by collectives such as Neue Sloweinsche
Kunst and the Yes Men, both to counter the concentrated spectacle
of state capitalism as well as the diffuse horror of neoliberal
In other words, rather than attempting to create critical, distanced,
interventions, to affirm the closure and horror of the current
situation of power and exploitation by pushing it to its most extreme
position, and to unmask the ways in which such ideologies operate
upon and through disguised levels of pleasure. Instead of succumbing
to society’s demand for small creative acts, artists should
over-identify with the ruling, post-historical order and take the
latter’s immanent laws to their most extreme, dystopian consequences...
Join us for a meander through the 'Creative' think-wonkery
of structural maladjustment, from the urban deployment of the Rebel
Clown Army to the perverse counter-play of The Yes Men, and beyond...
'Cultural Activism Today - The Art of Over-Identification'
BAVO / Gideon Boie, Matthias Pauwels [eds]
Stevphen Shukaitis is an activist
and research fellow / PhD student at the University of London,
Queen Mary. He is the co-author/editor of ‘Constituent Imagination: Militant
Investigations, Collective Theorization’ (2007) AKPress.
He is a member of the Ephemera: Theory & Politics in Organization
editorial board, the Autonomedia Editorial Collective, and the
Planetary Alternatives Network. He seeks to develop non-vanguardist
forms of social research as part of the global conspiracy against
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