[artinfo] The Kids Want Communism

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The Kids Want Communism

MoBY Museums of Bat Yam
February 25, 2016-January 21, 2017

Spectres are haunting Earth-the spectres of 
anti-communism. From Wahhabism to neoliberalism, 
overproduction to debt, the disastrous "war on 
terror" to the genocide of the welfare state, and 
from cold war game theory to cybernetics' 
networked offspring, the internet-these are all 
anti-communist projects that came back to haunt 
us. In this apocalyptic climate, where CO2, ISIS 
and HFT (High Frequency Trading) stand for the 
self-annihilation of this civilization on a 
cultural, economic, political and biological 
level, we propose The Kids Want Communism. This 
ongoing clandestine and public series of events 
marks ninety-nine years to the October Revolution.

"Communism" might sound like an irrelevant term 
for many people today, but more than any other 
word in our political vocabulary, communism is 
the radical negation of the current regime which 
celebrates exploitation and inequality. It is a 
cosmos that was devoured by the black hole that 
is 1989-91. This cosmos includes many communisms; 
an epic reestablishment of property-free 
communities, communal indigenous societies, 
real-existing socialism with its achievements and 
crimes, the long history of anti-Fascist 
resistance, egalitarian mysticism, the dialectic 
abolition of capitalism through its internal 
dynamics, the uncharted, un-exploitable pockets 
of resistance that cannot be appropriated by 
capitalism, the already present humane solidarity 
and camaraderie shared by people everywhere and 
the political proposal of the emotion called 
"love." It is a hypothesis of universal 
emancipation, an actuality to be revived. 

The Kids Want Communism operates as a 
constellation of moments and movements, inviting 
histories and practices, gestures and ideas. It 
seems fitting to recall Chris Marker's closing 
statement from The Last Bolshevik, his profile of 
Soviet film director Aleksandr Medvedkin, here. 
Marker comments about how the great Soviet 
filmmakers are regarded as dinosaurs today, and 
then adds: "but look what happened to the 
dinosaurs. Kids love them."

Featuring: BANKI (Young Communist League of 
Israel), Keti Chukhrov, Ekaterina Degot, Galit 
Eilat, Odeh Al Ashab, Max Epstein, Iliana 
Fokianaki, Tal Gafny, Jonathan Gold, Alioscha 
Gozansky, Marina GrÏiniç, Ronny Hardliz, Nir 
Harel, Raanan Harlap, Micah Hesse, Vít 
Havránek, Yota Ioannidou, Nikita Kadan, Ohad 
Meromi, Julia Moritz, New Barbizon (Zoya 
Cherkassky, Olga Kundina, Anna Lukashevsky, Asia 
Lukin and Natalia Zourabova), Kostantinos Kotsis, 
Olaf Nicolai, Ingo Niermann, Tamar Nissim, 
Antonis Pittas, Oleksiy Radynski, Gilad Reich, 
SDAJ (Sozialististische Deutsche Arbeiterjugend), 
Eran Sebbag, Joshua Simon, Kuba Szreder, Kostis 
Velonis, Vladimir Vidmar, Vangelis Vlahos, Nicole 
Wermers, Noa Yafe and more

The Kids Want Communism is a joint project of 
numerous individuals and organizations, which 
will host its exhibitions, screenings, 
discussions, seminars and publications in a 
variety of locations; among them Tranzit, 
Prague; Free/Slow University of Warsaw; State of 
Concept, Athens; ·kuc gallery, Ljubljana; Visual 
Culture Research Center, Kyiv and MoBY-Museums of 
Bat Yam. During 2016, MoBY-Museums of Bat Yam 
will dedicate its program to this yearly theme.

The Kids Want Communism is organized by Iliana 
Fokianaki, Vít Havránek, Oleksiy Radynski, Joshua 
Simon, Kuba Szreder and Vladimir Vidmar.

Opening: February 25, 8-11pm

MoBY Museums of Bat Yam
Struma 6
Bat Yam

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