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"The Alt-Right Complex" closes as the most popular exhibition in HMKV‘s history

The most popular exhibition in the history of the HMKV (Hartware MedienKunst-Verein) - "The Alt-Right Complex – On Right-Wing Populism Online" - closed its doors last Sunday, 22 September. Almost 15,000 visitors have seen the exhibition. The international group exhibition deals with the phenomena of right-wing populism and terrorism as well as online radicalisation. The best visited exhibition in the history of the HMKV (Hartware MedienKunst-Verein) - "The Alt-Right Complex - About Right-wing Populism on the Net" - closed its doors on Sunday, September 22. Almost 15,000 visitors* have seen the exhibition until Sunday evening. The international group exhibition deals with the phenomena of right-wing populism and terrorism as well as online radicalisation. The 12 artistic positions reveal the strategies with which the 'Alt-Right' uses the Internet and social media for their dissemination, taking both the global and the local dimensions in Dortmund into account.

 

"What really surprised me was the fact that the exhibition, whose theme was already highly up-to-date at the time of its opening at the end of March, only seemed to become more topical with every day," says HMKV director Dr. Inke Arns. "At every glance at the news - think only of the racist Christchurch assassin, who entitled his insidious 'manifesto' "The Great Exchange", or Walter Lübcke, whose murderer radicalized himself on "4chan" - all I could think of was: Yes, all of this is discussed in detail in our exhibition. That was - and is - pretty unsettling. Especially since it clearly shows how this online radicalization increasingly affects our offline society."

 

The continuing interest of the press, who reported far beyond the opening night during the entire exhibition period, as well as the very well attended public lecture programme also prove the high relevance of the topics negotiated by the exhibition.

 

A central component of the exhibition will remain available to all interested parties even after the coming weekend: In addition to the documentation of the exhibition in pictures and text, the exhibition magazine contains an extensive critical glossary of the most common terms, memes and persons of the 'Alt-Right'. The magazine is available in print at the HMKV bookshop, via e-mail order, and can be downloaded as a free PDF-file.

 


 

„The Alt-Right Complex – On Right-Wing Populism Online“

HMKV (Hartware MedienKunstVerein) im Dortmunder U, 30 March 2019 - 22 September 2019

 

An exhibition by the HMKV (Hartware MedienKunstVerein), Dortmund, curated by Inke Arns (HMKV).

 

Artists:

Paula Bulling / Anne König
Simon Denny
DISNOVATION.ORG
Vera Drebusch & Florian Egermann
Dominic Gagnon
Szabolcs KissPál
Boris Ondreička
Milo Rau / IIPM – International Institute of Political Murder
Vanja Smiljanić
Jonas Staal
Nick Thurston
UBERMORGEN

 

Scenography: please don't touch, Dortmund
Graphic design: e o t . essays on typography, Berlin

 

In cooperation with: Urbane Künste Ruhr – Ruhr Ding: Territorien


Funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Kunststiftung NRW

Funder HMKV: Kulturbetriebe Stadt Dortmund / Dortmunder U - Zentrum für Kunst und Kreativität
The lecture series "The Kids Are Alt-Right" is supported by the Coordination Office for Diversity, Tolerance and Democracy of the City of Dortmund and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.


 

- "The Alt-Right Complex, is an exhibition that draws nuanced parallels between hateful ideology and imagery online, bearing in mind the psychological minefield that transcends the internet and enters into mainstream consciousness and into real life political events." - HYPERALLERGIC

- The exhibition shows coarse pictures from distant filter bubbles. But we should all know what's going on, because it's changing the world." - MONOPOL
 
- "How come we're talking about right-wing populism all the time and yet we apparently know so little about it?" - BENTO

-  The artists's intention is not counter-missionary, but analytical, enlightening  ... There is no counter-argumentation, but rather an unmasking of strategies." - DEUTSCHLANDRADIO

 

-  „The goal … is to raise awareness. … the exhibition provides the artistic tools to raise visitors’ political and online literacy.“ – CAMERA AUSTRIA

- The HMKV's mission is to convey well-founded contemporary analyses in dedicated thematic exhibitions. ... Within current debates about the autonomy of art, art and politics or a politics of art, one takes a clear position". - ARTMAGAZINE

 

-  "The artists‘ sensitivity seems to be far ahead of that of the politicians, which became clear once again in the context of the Rezo debate and YouTube's assessment before and after the European elections.“ – NEUES DEUTSCHLAND

 

-  The Hartware Medienkunstverein (HMKV), one of the top addresses for political media art, now devotes itself to this ‚communication guerilla from the right‘. ... The exhibition is not only instructive, but also artistically diverse. The contributions don't stop short at dry documentarism." – junge Welt


 

Further information on the exhibition:

https://www.hmkv.de/programm/programmpunkte/2019/Ausstellungen/2019_ART.php

 

 

Link to order or download the exhibition magazine:

https://www.hmkv.de/publikationen/index.php

 

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