"... we have today a new cultural task: to live the inevitable with a relaxed soul. To call forth a big wave of withdrawal, of massive dissociation, of desertion from the scene of the economy, of nonparticipation in the fake show of politics … We are not going to witness a cathartic event of revolution, won’t see the sudden breakdown of state power. In the coming years, we’ll witness
a sort of revolution without a subject.”from After the Future, 2011, Franco 'Biffo' Berardi
This exhibition brings together artists who are alert to or are informed by social and political interest, and yet whose works occupy a distance to politics. The show explores this gap and asks if this ambivalence is a politically productive one and whether this dissociation in itself could be a form of resistance to the limitations of how one can be politically engaged today.
Taking Berardi's notion of “withdrawal” or to resist "with a relaxed soul", the exhibition also draws a connection between artists’ dispassion towards politics and the general disaffection with politics today.