Friday, May 22, 2009

Zentrale Intelligenz Agentur Presents Slow Capitalism

Here's information about an interesting and unique performance event from Berlin, coming to the Goethe-Institut New York. Thanks to Jeffrey Essmann for alerting me to this. He writes:

Hey Martin:

I’m pleased to attach the press release for Slow Capitalism, a two-day series of performance events by the Zentrale Intelligenz Agentur (Central Intelligence Agency), a socialist-capitalist collective of freelance artists, activists, and intellectuals from Berlin.

In three separate events ZIA agents will state their case for a Slow Capitalism. It’s fairly clear at this point that the fast version doesn’t work, and the ZIA has a number of innovative and witty ways of slowing it down. And for all the things that the world could use right now, it could certainly use a little wit.

Their presentations, while clearly savvy about economic and political realities, translate those realities into a unique type of performance where intelligence is tempered by irony: dollars are replaced by slime; people are paid wages for doing things they actually like; PowerPoint presentations are karaoke. Lecture is subverted by vaudeville, order by improvisation, and economic politics are turned into performance, into cabaret, into theater. Into a situation where you can think about—and maybe even laugh at—what Marx called the "contradictions."

So please join us for this terrific group of events, all of which are free and will take place at our satellite venue, the Wyoming Building, 5 East 3rd Street, just off Bowery.

Full details about Slow Capitalism are here: http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/ney/prj/wyo/en4514116v.htm

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