Der Undiplomat, LOFFT Leipzig, 2019

der undiplomat

hat ein scharfes auge

findet sofort die schwachpunkte

legt seinen finger in die wunde

bohrt darin rum

wirbelt alles auf

schafft chaos

der undiplomat

hat ein scharfes auge

findet sofort die schwachpunkte

legt seinen finger in die wunde

entfernt allen bullshit

wirbelt alles auf

schafft fokus

DER UNDIPLOMAT

 

This installation was exhibited in 2019 at the Performance Philosophy Festival "Am Nerv der Demokratie" at LOFFT, Leipzig.

 

"Der Undiplomat" (the “undiplomat”) leans against the wall, showing a hybrid, messianic/threatening creature (something between queen and sheep) in an archway, surrounded by an “exotic”/vulnerable environment. Underneath, there is a proto-state emblem. Next to the painting, to the left and to the right, there are two rolls of paper. The paper webs are reaching the floor. They show digitally printed descriptions of two different types of undiplomats: both types always immediately find the weak spots, both types of undiplomats put their finger in the wound, but while one of them twists it and thereby creates more chaos, the other one creates focus by putting her finger in the wound. In its former configuration, the undiplomat can be seen as a prototype characteristic of a vulgarizing and derailing time (maybe a Trump kind of figure). In her latter version the undiplomat is also a heroic-uncompromising role model: she confronts herself with weak spots and removes superfluous bullshit, targets problems directly.

© Johanna Maj Schmidt 2020