„Once upon a time, the whole world felt like a man's locker room: the corporate board room, the operating theatre in a hospital, the law firm, the professoriat. [...] Basically, the internet is the last locker room.”
Pics: Judith Buss
In their cycle “New Men’s Movement" THE AGENCY looks at the connections between patriarchal masculinity and right-wing thinking in the post-digital age. How is extremist radicalisation promoted by filter bubbles and echo chambers? How do algorithms reinforce discrimination? To what extent are ideas from digital spaces such as 4chan or Breitbart News involved in the emergence and exercise of online and offline violence?
In “BOYS SPACE”, the second work within this cycle, THE AGENCY attempts to illuminate and undermine the role of masculinity in processes of radicalisation. An alternative space is created online and offline to facilitate an exit from patriarchal masculinity. “Boys will be boys” is no longer valid here. In “BOYS SPACE,” spectators as “Male Characters” meet their “Empathy Partners” and come across the confessions from other users. This gives them the opportunity to participate in the development of BOYS SPACE.
A production by THE AGENCY in co-production with Münchner Kammerspiele.
Funded by City of Munich Department of Arts and Culture and Kulturstiftung des Bundes.
Heinrich Horwitz, Nile Koetting, Nicolas Bourbaki
Artistic Production Management
with texts by THE AGENCY und quotes from Arlie Russel Hochschild, Michael Kimmel, Kathy Acker, Maggie Nelson, Leslie Jamison, Angela Nagle, John Cheney-Lippold
with special thanks to Arlie Russel Hochschild and Michael Kimmel
with a glossary from the exhibition
"The Alt-Right-Komplex" of HMKV (Hartware MedienKunstVerein) Dortmund, curated by Inke Arns, with texts by Inke Arns, Jens Kabisch, Regina Weidmann
HMKV at Dortmunder U, until September 22, 2019
Part of the series MOVEMENTS