Paul von Ribbeck (Peng!)
City ............................. Berlin
Category .................... Media Art, Political Mobilisation
Recommended by frei_raum Q21 exhibition space
Period of stay ............ Mar 18
Peng is an explosive concoction of activism, hacking and art battling the barbarism of our time. Be it the weapon industry, the state-industrial intelligence complex, oil and energy magnates like Shell or Vattenfall or right-wing radical parliamentarians of the AfD, no one is safe, when they launch their PR machineries and tools of infiltration.
They work in decentralised action groups and take all the means into their hands to fight evil that they can find – be it legal loopholes, technical machine codes or whipped cream. Art serves as an aesthetic reflection room and as burning barricades in the courtrooms, investigative research methods as legitimatory basis for direct actions and to identify the weak points of political opponents, the internet as a basis for spreading penguin GIFs (an endangered species with which they deeply identify themselfs) and the darknet to order alpaca socks when they work overtime in an unheaded office.
They favor collectivism, the concept of the polymorphous worker, concrete universalism and free association before property, specialisation, closed identities and the state. Solidarity with the oppressed and the destruction of hegemonic conglomerates are also amongst their favourites. And art, yes, the arts!