Not being visibile,
yet being alive,
mixing our identities
while reality is a lie.
Outrageous works of art, experimental euphoria, art extremists and mayhem enthusiasts.
Art Extremism is a concept conceived by Guenter Råler, a multidisciplinary artist working in the field of music and visual media.
The core of the idea is to think about art as the purest form of radicalism in a society where conformism and standardization are the easiest and most common way to live.
Art extremism is a critical theory, is a way to behave, an attitude that aims at the destruction of norms. Art is a discipline that requires artists to break a scheme, to not follow a rule, to change a canon, to crack a system of thoughts, to understand and dis-gregate power structures. To live by art means to be an extremist: it takes practice, devotion. Jumping in the air after an explosion, a religious silence while observing the abstract becoming real, re-shaping the prism of practice.
Digital devices are objects of isolation and not of real sharing. The idea behind this cyber-space is to challenge given notions of technological innovations and interfaces.
In a world more and more dominated by the “data-sphere”, where mere binary algorithmical associations are used to dehumanize us for profit, for data selling, for surveillance, for control, for subtle conditioning, manipulation and fake trasparency. The most human property we are left with is our vision: chemical reactions, the so called “emotions”. The latter cannot be created with machines, cannot be understood by digital tools and can only be emulated and simulated, but never generated by robots, smartphones, laptops and the likes. Therefore, Sadcore music aims to convey and translate the beauty and ferociousness and ugliness of the most real and human-like characteristic.
Identities appear contradictory, partial and strategic.
Gender, race and class can no longer be placed at the base of a faith in an “essential” unity, after much has been done for
affirm their historical and social constitution.
The consciousness of gender, race or class has been
laboriously acquired during the terrible historical experience of contradictory social realities such as patriarchy, colonialism and
And who do we mean by “us” in this rhetoric?
What are the identities on which we can base this powerful political myth
What can push us to enlist in this virtual community?
We pursue a model of political identity defined as “antagonist conscience” [oppositional consciousness] that
stems from the ability to read the networks of power by those who have been denied stable membership of the categories
of race, sex or class.
We live in denial.
We live in self-determinacy.
We live outside of categories.