Decapitation of Merkel

I was in Dresden to challenge the city’s population. Especially their attitudes and feelings about the Pegida movement – a steadily growing nationalist movement, which every Monday march through the streets of Dresden with the banner “Merkel nach Siberia – Putin nach Berlin” and “Wir wollen kein Asyltheilnehmern”.

In Dresden I succeeded to strike the very core of the population in Dresden people and to challenge the seemingly apathetic attitude. A great amount of many different parts of the population was constantly standing in front of the installation, voting for or against the decapitation of Merkel and screamed with the neo-Nazi slogans.

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We are all Pegida

Ich bin du, Dresden und du bist kein Berliner!

I looked at you from my cage, your sealed mouths, deafening silence. What do you say Dresden, when more than 5,000 people tramp in the streets Monday after Monday? What do you reply when 5000 shouts: Wir wollen keine Asylanteilnehemern. Lugenpresse. Merkel nach Siberien – Putin nach Berlin?

Is silence an answer? You hide behind your mobile phones, your shopping carts, and your latest self-realization project, while they burn down the refugee camps, until the smoke of burning flesh rips the lungs, and reminds us of the good old days.

I saw a sign saying “Merkel two go to the Gulag.”

That is where people die. “Should she die?” I asked from the cage on the square in front of Altmarkt. A woman screamed, I have a knife, I will kill her. “Do you want to do that?” I asked. “Why?” Because I hate Germany. “Why do you hate Germany?” Because Germany is potatoes and silence.

I scream from the cage. I scream until you scream. Until then, we are all Pegida. With love. Me who is you. And you.

 

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Pakis

I was in “the city of smiles” – Aarhus – homeland of freedom of speech. I was disguised as a Paki. As an asylum seeker. As a freeloader. As anxiety. “Shoot a Paki” I cried, “visit your fear – in this country you can say everything.” They have just tried to burn an asylum centre – few kilometres from Aarhus. I asked if they know the inner voice, the one that wants to send the refugees back home. Voices that tell about the hungry and devouring mass army of zombies which have turned towards the coasts of Europe and cannot be stopped by anything. Not by war, distress, sea creatures, heartless human smugglers or EU border guards. They are so desperate to become Europeans that they are willing to drink the blood and eat meat. They wandered through deserts, lived on nothing, absolutely famished. And when they arrive, they are placed in large centres where they can hatch their mentally ravaged children who have no opportunities, no other future than theft, crime, violence.

I asked them to set the voice free: “Shoot one Paki down”, get the aggression out. “Shoot a refugee”, but they were confined and strange. I painted myself black and asked if it was true that only the black people were allowed to say “Negro” and only the brown people to say “Paki”?

I asked if it is true that no one can distinguish between refugees, immigrants and criminals.

The gender of a clown

I have found out that the Swedes have invented a new gender that neither is a he or a she, but “hen” *.  But what’s the gender of a clown? I’m a clown, but I don’t want to be a “hen”. The Swedes are liberating themselves from the difficulties of biology and instincts – and it’s there their utopia and possible haughtiness lies. It’s somehow beautiful that the Swedes have surrendered to the capitalistic blessed nature, but at the same time believe that it’s possible to transform the world by laws and regulations. The question is whether they’re lost? Whether or not their hen, their respect- fetishism and their ways of thinking of what and what not one should, get to their superego and becomes a nagging oppression that constantly threatens to explode from within. Under all circumstances the creation of the great all-embracing considerate state seems easy to shake. Maybe the future still belongs to Sweden because they have a dream, a vision of a new story of mankind.

* Hen: A gender-neutral personal pronoun in Swedish intended as an alternative to the gender-specific hon (“she”) and han (“he”). It can be used when the gender of a person is not known or when it is not desirable to specify them as either a “she” or “he”.

Danish asylum centre exposed to vandalism with political motive

I’m on my way to Denmark. I’ve heard about the Danish asylum centre which has been exposed to vandalism three times. Nazi symbols and a burned car are mentioned as a first warning. The vandalism apparently has a political motive, says the police.

In other words. I am on my way to Aarhus in Denmark to investigate how things are going with double standards? With freedom of speech? With tolerance? With racism? With xenophobia? With indifference? With alienation? With state terrorism? With democracy? With nationalism? With the market? With consumerism? With the people? With everyday racism? With globalization? With integration? With strategy? With counterstrategy? With value relativism? With economy? With principles? With cohesiveness? With willpower? In other words, how flexible is your capitalism Denmark?

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Where the money is

And I talked about the arms export:

Hi there, you with that look of paranoia, I shouted. If I were you, yes you, I would try the security branch. That’s where the money is. That’s thanks to the terrorists. They have created explosive growth in the security branch. That’s where you should invest if you want to get your money’s worth. You are a suspect. And you are a suspect. Everyone is a suspect. But there is still always someone who is more of a suspect than others. Shoot me down, I begged. It costs 20 crowns for three balls. It will finance the revolution and the possibility of a better life!

Freedom of speech

I’m on my way to Denmark. I’ve heard about the Danish freedom of speech which has a reputation of being very free and open minded. Though, a survey among the country’s 8th and 9th grade students in relation to a school election in January 2015 showed surprisingly results. One of the questions was: “Should Muslims have freedom of speech?” Here, 45 % of those surveyed  answered that freedom of speech shouldn’t include Muslims. The same question was asked after the election, and the percentage raised to 49 % answered no to Muslim’s freedom of speech.

In other words. I am on my way to Aarhus in Denmark to investigate how things are going with double standards? With freedom of speech? With tolerance? With racism? With xenophobia? With indifference? With alienation? With state terrorism? With democracy? With nationalism? With the market? With consumerism? With the people? With everyday racism? With globalization? With integration? With strategy? With counterstrategy? With value relativism? With economy? With principles? With cohesiveness? With willpower? In other words, how flexible is your capitalism Denmark?

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The state of the world

They wanted to eat ice cream in the sun, I talked about the state of the world:

We know that the situation is bad – worse than bad. It has gotten out of control. It’s as if everything has gotten out of control, so we don’t get out anymore. We stay at home, and the world we live in slowly becomes smaller, and all we say is: “At least leave us alone in our own home. Let me have my toaster and TV and diagonal tires, than I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.” But I’m not going to leave anyone alone. I want you to get angry! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to start a revolution – I don’t want you to write to some parliamentarian, because I have no idea what you should write. I don’t know what to do about depression or inflation or Russians or street violence. All I know is that first you have to get angry. You must say: I am A HUMAN BEING, damn it! My life is VALUABLE!” So now I want you to get up. I want you to get up from those chairs. I want you to get up now at once and go to the window. Open the window, put your head out and shout: “I’M PISSED OFF AND WON’T TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”

A gypsy in Stockholm

There’s been a violent attack in IKEA. The police won’t tell if the perpetrators are of another ethnic origin than Swedish. But it’s hard to keep such a secret, and it only leads to suspicion and increased anxiety. But that’s not what I want to talk about today. No, because Swedish Democrats have hung up posters on which they apologize to the tourists that they’re inevitable to meet begging gypsies stretching their fucking paper cup up against them and therefore disturb the polished and cleansed beauty of Stockholm. I sit in my cage in front of Dramaten, Ostermalm, the wealthy area, and watch the promenading business-fitness guys and dolls. They’re beautiful, their bodies are perfect and they’re hard to get to talk. But then a gypsy comes along. Her name is Christina. I tell her, that she can have all the money in the Provocateur-can, if she can shoot me down. I ask people to cheer for her, but they won’t. Not until I say “Christina believes that you’re racist, if you don’t cheer!” Then, people start cheering. Christina shoots me down amid great jubilation among the spectators. But I’m not done. I want Christina to apologize for making Stockholm an ugly experience for tourists. I want people to apologize to Christina. I want the tourists to apologize. I want everybody to apologize.

A polished surface

I was in Stockholm for two days. In a cage at Östermalm – where the rich live and where the fancy clubs and shops are located. From my spot in the cage I shouted at people, to get them to speak, make them confess, to see if I could be their psychiatrist just for a while – to see if I could scratch their polished surface.

I’m your garbage can, I shouted, your psychiatrist, your dark night. Talk to me!

Neutralize

I have been in Stockholm, Sweden, the beautiful country, the good country, the reasonable country, the polite country. Here there is room for everyone – no matter gender, sexuality, age, skin color. This is the reason why they want patches matching all skin colors of the world – no one must feel left out. No minority must feel as a minority. Here, all differences should be the same. That is why one has to neutralize – everything. And therefore I cannot sit here in my cage and comment on people’s gender, body, skin color, religion or racism. And there is a ton of words, I cannot use. Because the Swedes are inventing a whole new paranoid language. Like I care.

Cosumerism

I’m on my way to Sweden. I’ve heard that their consumption exerts great pressure on the earth. Sweden often brags about its successful reduction of CO2 inside its borders.  Most Swedes don’t even know that their ecological footprint has increased, so that it is now up there amongst the worst top ten together with Saudi Arabia and the US. If everyone consumed as much as Swedes do we would need 3.7 planets. They buy too much, they eat too much meat, they travel abroad too much, they drive their big cars too much, they import too many things produced with coal in other countries.

In other words. I am on my way to Stockholm in Sweden to investigate how things are going with double standards? With freedom of speech? With tolerance? With racism? With xenophobia? With indifference? With alienation? With state terrorism? With democracy? With nationalism? With the market? With consumerism? With the people? With everyday racism? With globalization? With integration? With strategy? With counterstrategy? With value relativism? With economy? With principles? With cohesiveness? With willpower? In other words, how flexible is your capitalism Sweden?

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Swedish arms exports

I’m on my way to Sweden. I’ve heard about Sweden being one of the world’s largest manufacturers and exporter of arms, while claiming to be one of its most peaceful countries.

Sweden often offers assistance in international conflicts through peacekeeping missions and foreign aid, at the same time as it exports military equipment to 26 countries. At least ten of these countries – among them Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Egypt – are considered to be unfree states that abuse human rights. When the Swedish government tore up a long-term arms trade agreement with the Saudis a few months ago, it caused a diplomatic crisis. Media and political opponents criticized the Minister for Foreign Affairs for her bad handling, i.e. for calling Saudi Arabia a dictatorship. Since then the d-word seems to be banned from the Swedish diplomatic vocabulary. But the basic issue – whether Sweden should export arms and military equipment to countries abusing human rights – remains unsolved.

In other words. I am on my way to Stockholm in Sweden to investigate how things are going with double standards? With freedom of speech? With tolerance? With racism? With xenophobia? With indifference? With alienation? With state terrorism? With democracy? With nationalism? With the market? With consumerism? With the people? With everyday racism? With globalization? With integration? With strategy? With counterstrategy? With value relativism? With economy? With principles? With cohesiveness? With willpower? In other words, how flexible is your capitalism Sweden?

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Wellness syndrome in Sweden

I’m on my way to Sweden, a country with a population obsessed with their own wellness and happiness on a frenzied quest for the perfect life. The recipe for happiness is more exercise, more yoga, more healthy food. They go about their wellness in a scientific manner, measuring everything from calorie intake, to miles run, to their own toilet habits. Visions of social change have fused to dreams of individual transformation. They seem to have stopped worrying about what goes on in society and in the world, concentrating on their bodies, their renovated homes and perfect kitchens. Do you feel that you ought to exercise more? Have you started counting your calorie intake in your sleep? Are you ashamed that you are not happier? Then maybe you suffer from what many Swedes suffer from – the wellness syndrome.

In other words. I am on my way to Stockholm in Sweden to investigate how things are going with double standards? With freedom of speech? With tolerance? With racism? With xenophobia? With indifference? With alienation? With state terrorism? With democracy? With nationalism? With the market? With consumerism? With the people? With everyday racism? With globalization? With integration? With strategy? With counterstrategy? With value relativism? With economy? With principles? With cohesiveness? With willpower? In other words, how flexible is your capitalism Sweden?

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Swedish shadowlands

I’m on my way to Sweden. I’ve heard about the new working class, living in the shadowlands of affluent Swedes. They risk their lives coming to Europe from poverty and hopelessness. Many of them end up in Sweden hoping to find a job and a better life. They live in a shadowland, hidden from ordinary Swedes. They clean their food stores, restaurants and homes, take care of their old parents and sick relatives, and pack their vegetables and fruit. Living in constant fear of being sent back, and working extremely long hours for low salaries, doing the jobs the Swedes themselves shun. These dirt poor, paperless immigrants lacking basic rights constitute the new proletariat. The Swedes like the fact that the food and services they provide are cheap. But they also complain that foreigners come to their country to steal their jobs and exploit their precious welfare state.

In other words. I am on my way to Stockholm in Sweden to investigate how things are going with double standards? With freedom of speech? With tolerance? With racism? With xenophobia? With indifference? With alienation? With state terrorism? With democracy? With nationalism? With the market? With consumerism? With the people? With everyday racism? With globalization? With integration? With strategy? With counterstrategy? With value relativism? With economy? With principles? With cohesiveness? With willpower? In other words, how flexible is your capitalism Sweden?

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Get angry

And I asked the citizens of Bergen to stand up and to throw balls after me while I was screaming:

I do not have to tell you that the situation is miserable. Everybody obvious knows that. There is a depression going on. Either you are unemployed otherwise you walk around terrified that you will lose your job. You do not know what you are worth tomorrow, because the banks will go bankruptcy and the shopkeepers have guns behind the counter. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit for consumption, and we sit and stare at the screen while a local reporter tells us that today there has been fifteen murders and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s how it should be. We know that the situation is bad – worse than bad. So we do not go out anymore. We stay at home, and the world we live in is slowly getting smaller and the only thing we have in comment is: Let us at least be left alone in our living rooms. Let me have the toaster and the television and my aluminium rims, and I will not say anything. Just leave me alone.

Well, I’m not going to leave you in peace. I want you to be angry! I do not want you to protest. I do not want you to rebel – I do not want you to write to someone in the government, since I do not have a clue what you should write. I do not know what to do with the depression and the inflation and the Russians and street violence. The only thing that I know is, that first you have to get angry. You must say: I am a HUMAN, dammit! My life is VALUABLE!

And I yelled to them: You shall get over to the cage. I want you to come over to the cage immediately. Come to me and yell: I AM PISSED AND I DO NOT WANT TO PUT UP WITH THIS ANYMORE!

The image is taken by the photographer Meng Tian / Festspillene i Bergen.

Holy body

And a runner passed me and I stripped in front of her. I took of my clothes while I proclaimed:  God knows it is the body that matters. It hosts my life and my soul. It depends on who and how long anyone wants to stare at me. Even if I am wiser than death it is my brain that makes me feel sexy, attractive and productive. It is my body. My body is my future, my self-esteem, my capital – MY CRU-CI-FIX. And the fitness centre is my church.

The image is taken by Meng Tian / Festspillene i Bergen.

Elderly people

And I spoke with the elderly people about the fear of being called a racist just because you think that they should be helped locally because you think that we cannot integrate all of them, the strangers, those who are on the run from war. And I gave them absolution and promised that they were good people and that it is natural that there is not space for everyone. And they asked me: Do you hear the inner voice? The one, who wants to send immigrants back home where they came from every time they yell loudly on the bus. Gurgling away with what they call language, and which sounds more like they are about to vomit or like they throw up. Al gargha, al akhfa . We must protect public peace and order. We must protect Norwegian culture. And I told them that anxiety is within us all. That the surveillance industry has a huge growth potential. That this is where they should invest their hard earned pension. The more uncertain and anxious we are, the more the pension is worth – and the old were fresh and the sick got up and ran down to the bank to invest. And they boosted their shares with anxiety.

The image is taken by Palle Steen Christensen, Sort/Hvid.

Politics

And I talked to a politician who said: It may well be that these immigrants are not terrorists but war sounds are coming out of their breath, and their clothes reeks of bombed homes and burned citiesThey cannot fail to remind the established population that their security can shatter – and that is why I have to sing along. Soon it is time for election.

The image is taken by Meng Tian / Festspillene i Bergen.

A question of business

And I talk to business people. They are busy with business, keeping the wheels in motion and creating growth. In few words, the true Gods who we must thank and admire for their initiative and risk-taking. They are the ones we have to thank for the crashing banks, and I whisper to them: What if what we really know it? What if we know, that it cannot continue? That the earth cannot bear it. Overcrowding, overuse, climate crisis. What if we know, that we cannot continue to scream “growth, growth, growth”? What if we are the ones who know it? Who have had enough? Which will have a different story? Another draft of a civilization? A future we can believe in? What if it’s us – and not someone else, and not tomorrow, but now? And at the harbor I meet the new European youth who have started to sweeten the life in Bergen with Spanish paella and Greek gyros. One man’s death is another man’s bread and hurray for freedom of movement.

The image is taken by Palle Steen Christensen, Sort/Hvid.

Bergen is a pretty city

I was in Bergen from the 3rd to the 6th of June. From my spot in the cage at Torgallmeningen I tried to shout at people, to get them to speak, make them confess, to see if I could be their psychiatrist just for a while . To see if I could scratch in the paint and see what the colours are hiding beneath the polished surface of Bergen. Bergen is a pretty city and it was nice to sing: alle børn er brune/som et nystegt brød. It was great to feel the longing to be a healthy, tolerant and functioning human being with sensible values. Hey Bergen – how are things going with the fear of being an outcast, not to find your identity, not being in shape, not to be like the others. Why is everyone wearing sportswear? Do you also fuck in it? Runs the Marathon in the same line?

The image is taken by Palle Steen Christensen, Sort/Hvid.

The Norwegian youth

In Bergen I speak with youth about the millions of slaves who make their fancy clothes. I speak with them about the smashed hands of children making their iPhones and their iPads, so their iLife can be communicated on the widest platforms. And I ask them if they know it and they do, of course, but they want to be young and happy.  And shouldn’t they be allowed? I ask myself. Of course. The disease is inherited. I try to beg for a blowjob because I think that young people are less stingy with their bodies, but will they lick a furious clown? And Jesus said to the children in the congregation: I må elske jer selv højere end den næste. I må hjælpe jer selv før den anden. Vi er ikke født lige og kun ved at erkende det, kan vi løfte de andre ud af fattigdom. And the children nodded.

The image is taken by the photographer Thor Brødreskift / Festspillene i Bergen.

Refugees from Syria

I am on my way to Norway. I have heard that the Norwegians are occupied with the refugees from Syria. Right now, the politicians at the Norwegian Parliament debate about the refugee situation in the Mediterranean and Syria, and if more Syrian refugees should come to Norway or not. The Norwegian left-wing political parties Arbeiderpartiet, SV and Senterpartiet say yes to 10.000 refugees from Syria. The Norwegian right-wing political parties Høyre og Frp think that it is better to help the refugees “where they are” and do not want the refugees to come to Norway. So, is this really what occupies the Norwegian people right now I ask myself – and if it is – what is the underlying agenda behind this theme?

In other words. I am on my way to Bergen in Norway to investigate how things are going with double standards? With freedom of speech? With tolerance? With racism? With xenophobia? With indifference? With alienation? With state terrorism? With democracy? With nationalism? With the market? With the people? With everyday racism? With globalization? With integration? With strategy? With counterstrategy? With value relativism? With  economy? With principles? With cohesiveness? With willpower? In other words, how flexible is your capitalism Norway?

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Global warming

I am on my way to Norway. I have heard that the Norwegians are occupied with global warming and the terms “the green shift” and “green growth”. It is often said that green industries are the future. Though, Norway has Europe’s highest consumption volume per. capita. So, are the Norwegian people really occupied with global warming right now I ask myself – and if they are – what is the underlying agenda behind this theme?

In other words. I am on my way to Bergen in Norway to investigate how things are going with double standards? With freedom of speech? With tolerance? With racism? With xenophobia? With indifference? With alienation? With state terrorism? With democracy? With nationalism? With the market? With the people? With everyday racism? With globalization? With integration? With strategy? With counterstrategy? With value relativism? With  economy? With principles? With cohesiveness? With willpower? In other words, how flexible is your capitalism Norway?

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Modern slavery

I am on my way to Norway. I have heard that the Norwegians are occupied with modern slavery. It is considered as the third largest illegal industry in the world. Do you know that there also is slavery in Norway?

In Norway, most slaves are from Nigeria and Romania. With slaves it means people who cannot move freely, who are forced to perform work and which do not control their belongings. Slaves are people who are caught; they are tricked into a situation they never would have chosen with their free will. Many are abused. Modern slavery thrives best on black markets which are growing in Norway. So, is this really what occupies the Norwegian people right now I ask myself – and if it is – what is the underlying agenda behind this theme?

In other words, I am on my way to Bergen in Norway to investigate how things are going with double standards? With freedom of speech? With tolerance? With racism? With xenophobia? With indifference? With alienation? With state terrorism? With democracy? With nationalism? With the market? With the people? With everyday racism? With globalization? With integration? With strategy? With counterstrategy? With value relativism? With  economy? With principles? With cohesiveness? With willpower? In other words, how flexible is your capitalism Norway?

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Ethical trade

I am on my way to Norway. I have heard that the Norwegians are occupied with ethical trade. It is estimated that between 24 and 34 million people are exposed to slavery worldwide. Several of these jobs are in the clothing industry. Poor salary and dangerous work for long hours affect their daily lives. In Norway there are good working conditions and good wages, so where does ethical trade fit in? More than one third of the clothing in Norwegian stores is made ​​by people who are not allowed to organize themselves in order to get better rights. So, is this really what occupies the Norwegian people right now I ask myself – and if it is – what is the underlying agenda behind this theme?

In other words. I am on my way to Bergen in Norway to investigate how things are going with double standards? With freedom of speech? With tolerance? With racism? With xenophobia? With indifference? With alienation? With state terrorism? With democracy? With nationalism? With the market? With the people? With everyday racism? With globalization? With integration? With strategy? With counterstrategy? With value relativism? With  economy? With principles? With cohesiveness? With willpower? In other words, how flexible is your capitalism Norway?

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