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TEH Meeting 81
WUK, Vienna

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Disruptive Monsters

Key note speech by Gerald Raunig

Staircase 2, Kunsthalle Exnergasse

In certain situations it makes sense to conceive movement and institution not as opposition but to process their relationship in the sense of monstrosity. This seems to me one of the micropolitical qualities of some of the Trans Europe Halles members since the 1980s, but also of the most interesting political developments in Europe today, especially in Spain. The monster here is not the extreme bureaucracy of a state apparatus, of parties or other institutions, but the disruptions, disobedience, and affective struggles that keep on pushing politics beyond its borders.