Video screening (28 min.), followed by talk
The Politics of LOL are a series of performances for super lo-fi video, acted and recorded by Claude, Dersch & the Sky Collector (aka Simona, Ramona and guest artist Ileana) in 2015 in Bucharest. The artists play and run in the urban nationalist context that surrounds them. Romania’s public and political space is being suffused with direct or masked far right discourse.
The film, The Dacian Apocalypse, whose voiceover text records the artists’ experiences as space explorers unexpectedly confronted with an apocalypse which happens slightly sooner than predicted, with catastrophic effects: The apocalypse, triggered by nationalistic consumer goods and by embroidered blouses, forces our bodies to become microscopic battlefields, fuelled at their turn by chips and cookies, discounted goods and secondhand quantum batteries.
The Politics of LOL is also a manifesto against instrumentalization, for voicing one’s own issues and for understanding oneself as an oppressor, for threading carefully just like the bear over the mouse.