“What is to be done?”, a meaningful but already cliché question, quote from a text that we never read, even though we abused this citation in our works, be it videos or whatever. “What is to be done”, other than cry in despair; “what is to be done”, other than watching endless videos with cute innocent animals, pets who’s (unethical) affection you cannot afford; “what is to be done”, other than admiring perfect plastic bodies, detached from any social context, illustrating how you could live if you weren’t the useless, meaningless, small, being that you are; these responses continue… uncountable questions without actually affecting the status quo.
Frustration, could be the perfect word to describe how we feel when we look around us. Everyone is a socialist/communist without knowing it, but what is worse, is that they are anti-communist in the same time. It’s like everyone is playing a contest on how to avoid saying socialism while countering the brutality of the Capital’s monopoly with wealth redistribution, co-op strategies and market regulation. From “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” to our weekly feed of German quality Deutsche Welle documentaries on YouTube, almost all critical positions we encounter in the media, flawlessly avoids naming communism as a contemporary alternative to the present configuration of life. Socialism, or communism (depending how allergic can one be to the later) is on everyone’s lips, as microplastics. But contrary to microplastics, that enter in our bodies and flow through our blood, what animates the political consciousness of contemporary humans is not communist beliefs, but conservative.
Opposing the volatility of the market and the total uncertainty of one’s future, contemporary forms of capitalism foster and fuels an increasing rise in conservative beliefs, where theological doctrines seem to create perfect unusual symbiosis with the digital realm. Here, in the global web, belief and believers can connect while their ideology mutates bringing to life the most mediaeval conspiracies on how Satan and its billionaire generals are corrupting the world through, ironically, socialist, queer, progressive ideologies, brainwashing our future generations out of patriarchal and colonial structures. The more one follows all these waves of opinions, the more you get noxious and reluctant to even look for tomorrow. Running away seems to be the best option, because suicide will feel too much as a defeat. Running away, into the wild, at the periphery of things, out of the vortex on uncertainty, turning your back to everything that doesn’t want to dance to the socialist rhythm… but this is so frustrating, because, actually, everyone is a communist, and they don’t know it… yet.
7/05/21. Published 11/05/21.
SABA - Silvia Amancei and Bogdan Armanu (b. 1991, Iași and Timișoara / Romania) is an artist couple working together since 2012. Their artistic practice could be positioned at the border between social studies and visual art, researching for methods and examples where art and artistic means can be instrumentalised in order to overexcite the ability to look beyond capitalism and create a (common) future. Among their recent solo shows are “s.a.b.a 1979-####” (2020, Ljubljana, SI), “It was always in plain sight” (2020, Bucharest, RO), “If Then What After” (2019, Baden, AT), “What Past? What Future?” (2017, Linz, AT), “Depression, Uncertainty and other symptoms of Mortality” (2016, Lodz, Poland), while their works have been present in many group exhibitions among which “Rewriting Our Imaginations” (2020, Basel, CH), “Go, Stop, Stay” (2019, Debrecen, HU), “STRIKE GENTLY AWAY ____” (2019, Salzburg, AT), “Displacement and Togetherness” (2019, Brussels, BE), “Capital’s Time Machine” (2018, Bucharest, RO), “Baywatch” (2018, Berlin, DE), “Alternative Facts” (2018, Stuttgart, DE), “Odessa Biennial” (2017, Odessa, Ukraine), to name just a few.