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Photo: Birgit Hupfeld

Flammende Köpfe
Lecture Performance about online activism from the political right
Roter Salon


On 18 February 2016 an “asylum-critical” mob shouted down a bus with refugees in front of a residence in Clausnitz in Saxony. One week later Stern TV published an interview with Wolfram Fischer, an interpreter who was with the refugees in the bus. In this interview Fischer didn't label those who attacked the bus as a mass of people, but rather as a “mass of heads”. Hating, screaming heads.

This linguistic image went well with a phenomena of radical internet propaganda that was popular at the time: video messages from political activist heads on, for example, YouTube. German converts threatened German citizens with beheading. German citizens dreamed of guillotining political authorities.

In this mixed form of video blog and political speech in a virtual corner pub, heads and faces played a decisive role. They were the bearers of civilian personalities that agitated their mirror images in webcams. In what context did this new form of political subjectification develop? Which forms of behaviour and role models did it produce? What strategic calculation did it fall in line with? Through vlogs, propaganda, music, documentary material and a growing choir of avatars, Flammende Köpfe tells the emerging history of the political right taking the floor online.

By and with: Arne Vogelgesang
Concept, text, stage design und video art: Arne Vogelgesang
Co-director: Wiebke Rüter

A cooperation of Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Schauspiel Dortmund and Volksbühne Berlin

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