Lorenzo Taiuti on Sun, 13 Feb 2000 16:20:07 +0100


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Art & the Strategy of Absence against...
Yes Against who?
The problem arised by Jost on how to define an antagonist without using historical categories is a real and important one.
And the problem is surely not creating labels but to define ourselves as "left" of a new type while using new tools, new media as definition of new political figures working with comunication.
And of course a new lexikon.
And in this new area of values certainly we should not call Haider a Nazi, because that flattens matters to a black&white stilness.
But...
Two years ago Haider declared his deep appreciation of Hitler points of view on several themes.
And that's why he was thrown out of the Parliament. 
He surely opened the game!
So while i would rather call him Haider the Heidi( the mythical cartoon figure singing and dancing on austrian mountains to whom he looks very much like) the fatal attraction is to call him a Nazi. Maybe a cartoon nazi, all dancing and all singing, but a nazi. 
The political problem is certainly how to qualify and re-define the area of growing conservative thought that is becoming again strong and audacious.
The psycological problem is probably to let out our feelings on how we feel things are growing. ( We will argue face to face in Rome about that Jost!).
Ciao
Lorenzo Taiuti