Capital: Magical Recipes for Love, Happiness and Health
video, 12 min. 17 sec.
Marxism is obsessed with tomorrow (full of visions of the future, utopias, hopes, wishes, wants, and dreams) and Marx’s writings are inherently futurological, the classless world being as if predestined to remain unrealizable. This tragic flaw is reflected in our video, where we subject Das Kapital to the use of a fortune teller, a sort of popular futurologist. We asked her to use Marx's opus magnus as a tool for divination, as a device for foreseeing the future. Looking for prophecies in Marx's writings is a performative interpretation that has the ability to transform the subject it interprets. We had an urge to update and upgrade the prevalent view of Marx, perceived as an uncomfortable ghost in our region, which was still writhing in the purgatory between yesterday and tomorrow. We had an impulse to test and to illustrate how personal future is always conditioned by the collective past and how the individual past can be shaped by shared futures.