Phenomenology of the red virus is an ongoing project, exhibited for the first time as a multimedia installation part of the corpoanarchy in Raumstation Zürich (Dec. 2018). This installation consisted of several elements such as digital performance, paintings, made objects and printed textile. Drawing on a historical photo, this work attempts to describe the complexity of the word corpoanarchy. This work attempts to by analyzing the performance of the virus, makes a bridge between the mechanism of populism and the notion of the “banality of evil” by Hannah Arendt. Red virus is a metaphor for the populist politics of today.
The main image in this work is a painting (acrylic on paper) based on a historical photo, taken on June 13th 1936. The image presumably shows August Landmesser, a German citizen who refused to perform the Nazi salute at the launch of the naval training vessel HorstWessel. Drawing on this historical photo, like a microscopic image, this project utilises this photo as a metaphor to visualize the corporeality of ‘corpoanarchy’.
It attempts to raise the question; what do we call such acts of refusal? Could it be resistance? persistence? or resilience? Or do we need another word to express such complexity?