THE DISPLACEMENT
THE DISPLACEMENT A Movement in Three Acts
-This is a compilation of documents, films, books, images and diverse material for the ongoing project The Displacement.

Marx-Engels-Forum is a public park in the central Mitte district of Berlin. The park was created by the authorities of the former German Democratic Republic in 1986. It consists of a rectangular wooded park with a large, circular paved area in the centre with a sculpture consisting of larger-than-life bronze figures of Karl Marx (sitting) and Friedrich Engels (standing), the founders of the Communist movement.

The sculpture was moved a few meters in 2010 because of the construction of the subway. This is the physical displacement to which I refer in the title. But the sculpture not only moved from its original position, neither Marx and Engels look to the Alexanderplatz as usual, but the figures see for the first time the area where stood the Palace of the Republic and now stands a temporary building of futuristic ambition, promoting and raising money for the reconstruction of the prussian Royal Palace.

It is an ideological battleground where the spatial speculation consist in the domain of the symbols. Here each element has a symbolic importance as perhaps nowhere else in Europe and every gesture can be looked as a sign, symptom and pathology of the current crisis of the totalitarian capitalism.

The Displacement consists of three works around the figures of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels with which I propose a second conceptual displacement, another representational turn where visualize how large political-historical processes affecting seemingly intimate and private sphere of the people: in their affections, pleasures and sexual desires..

Act One: Romantic Love as a Fictional Narrative. )

Act Two: Subject of Desire and its Rituals of Administration.)

Act Three: Prostitution and the Dominination of Gratification.
THE DISPLACEMENT
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The Fragment on Machines Karl Marx – from The Grundrisse (pp. 690-712)
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The Displacement Postcard Series, Connie Mendoza
nº1 Psychoanalysis is the opposite of art
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Wetter, Plakat des Sozialistischen Deutschen Studentenbundes, 1968 
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Referencing early 1980s’ Labour Party posters depicting Karl Marx as Father Christmas, Jeremy Deller’s festive contribution involved a kindly Marx character distributing handmade cards to all who visited. Inscribed in each card was a quote from Marx (himself once a resident of Soho) that somehow seemed vaguely apposite and mildly critical of fig-1’s time-based formula and illustrative aims. Mine ended with the line ‘history is nothing but the activity of Man pursuing his aims’. With a publication designed by Bruce Mau imminent, and possible plans to take the project abroad, fig-1 will probably not be as quickly forgotten as its individual projects were digested. For all its economic biases and curatorial ambiguities, it will be remembered as some kind of demonstration that art is nothing but the activity of Man pursuing his aims.
frieze Issue 58 April 2001
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Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers (2008). Karl Marx Théâtre Inédit; dir. Jean-Pierre Vincent
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Karl Marx, Das Elend der Philosophie
ENG:The Poverty of Philosophy
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1847/poverty-philosophy/index.htm
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Friedrich Engels, Dialektik der Natur
ENG: http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1883/don/
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Batallón Rosa Luxemburgo, España 1936

Batallón Rosa Luxemburgo, España 1936

Batallón Rosa Luxemburgo, España 1936

Batallón Rosa Luxemburgo, España 1936
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