Communists Anonymous: First Gathering in New York

Communists Anonymous: First Gathering in New York

Communists Anonymous: First Gathering in New York
November 7, 2018, 7pm
311 East Broadway
New York, NY 10002

The members of Communists Anonymous (COMA) suffer from an incurable belief in communism. They don’t share any particular school, but they do share an extreme sense of empathy and justice, and therefore detest more or less any form of private property. Because there is currently no communist state in existence, acting out their passion would hopelessly distress them, at best curbing and stabilizing the brutalities of capitalist society.

COMA is meant to evolve into a worldwide cluster of self-help groups where incurable communists can discuss their recent temptations and relapses in the futile fight against capitalism. COMA’s “fearless moral inventory” challenges the historical manifestations of communism as being substantially incomplete in thought and practice and places communism again where it originates—in the realm of fiction. COMA believes that the most vital dialectics in human history are at play in fiction contradicting reality. Only as fiction can communism manifest itself again beyond doubt.

Join us at e-flux for the first gathering of Communists Anonymous in New York, and a celebration of the constitutive book Solution 275–294: Communists Anonymous (Sternberg Press, 2017) with editors Ingo Niermann and Joshua Simon; contributing authors Heather Anderson, Fiona Duncan, Anthony Dunne, and Alexander Tarakhovsky; and guests Chiara Bottici, Tali Keren, Ohad Meromi, Fiona Raby, McKenzie Wark, and Nechama Winston.

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Ingo Niermann is a writer and the editor of the Solution Series. His recent publications include Burial of the White Man (with Erik Niedling) and Solution 275–294: Communists Anonymous (edited with Joshua Simon). Based on his novel Solution 257: Complete Love, Niermann initiated the Army of Love, a project that tests and promotes a just redistribution of sensual love.

Joshua Simon is a curator and writer based in Philadelphia and Tel Aviv-Jaffa. He teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany.

Alexander Tarakhovsky is a scientist, writer, and artist.

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