Dialectic Materialism

I have always been interested in the intrinsic dysfunctionality of Marxism and at the same time the general implementation of Marxism in every economy, including the present super-capitalism. At present it seems that capitalism cannibalized Marxism, while to date Marxism is no longer considered as a possible alternative while remaining the last universal alternative presented. Since most of the critical thinking of the twentieth century was linked to Marxism and since this was a precise diagnosis of industrialization, we could still consider Marxism as one of the most important thoughts of thought. Marxism was more than an economic theory, it was also a dynamic derivation of Western philosophy. The exhibition touches some of the aspects of Marxist philosophy seen through a distorted prism and is also the occasion of an imaginary encounter between Karl Marx and Antonio Gramsci in Turin organized by Henrik Plenge Jakobsen The centerpiece of the exhibition consists of six colored slabs with the rainbow spectrum and a mirror plate featuring a quotation from the Communist Party Manifesto “Everything solid is melted in the air”. Another piece is the “Avanti Cart!” A trolley loaded with raw materials such as flour, steel, and other essential elements both for our material life and for our culture. The internal report of these two pieces reflects the main contemporary Marxist points of view. In addition, the exhibition features a wall painting entitled “Psychiatry”, a pictorial style head where “neuronal pathways” are distorted. The original images come from a table observed on a door to a psychiatric study in Austria.

I have always been intrigued by the inherent dysfunctionality of Marxism – and, at the same time, the general implementation of Marxism in any economy, even our present-day super capitalism. Actually, it seems as if capitalism somehow cannibalised Marxism. Nowadays, Marxism is no longer regarded as a possible alternative. Still, however, it represents the last universal alternative presented to us. Since most of the 20th century’s critical thinking was related to Marxism and because it has been a very precise diagnosis of industrialism, we could still consider Marxism as a highly relevant train of thought. Marxism was more than an economic theory. It was also a dynamic derivative of Western philosophy.
The show touches upon some aspects of the Marxist philosophy seen through a distorted prism. The show is also an imaginary meeting between Karl Marx and Antonio Gramsci in Torino staged by Henrik Plenge Jakobsen.

The center piece in the exhibition consists of six sheets in each of the rainbow’s colours and one mirror shet spelling out a Karl Marx quotation from the Manifesto of the Communist Party,1848: “All that is solid melts into air”. Another piece is the “Avanti Wagon!”. A wagon loaded with fundamental matters such as flour, steel, coal and other necessary basics for our life as well as civilisation. The internal relation of these two pieces reflects the two different Marxist view points at play.

Furthermore, the show will contain a wall piece titled “Psychiatry” – a head in pictogram style where the ‘brain lines’ are distorted. The original image stems from a nameplate seen on the door to a psychiatrist’s office in Austria.

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