After the End of History: Visions of the future from the Gen Z, “Post-Left” internet

New Museum Theater

Sat Oct, 5 2019, 2PM - 4PM

Meme found on Politigram, digital file courtesy Joshua Citarella

Building on his research for his landmark 2018 publication Politigram & the Post-left, artist Joshua Citarella has been conducting a series of interviews with Gen Z users who post radical political content on social media, as part of a forthcoming Rhizome commission. This event brought together three of the most sophisticated figures he has encountered through this research, all of whom are associated with the fragmented online communities known as “post–Left.”

For the event, each participant was asked to prepare micro-lectures describing possible and preferred scenarios for politics and society over the next twenty-five years, and to comment on the role of internet culture in shaping future outcomes. Texts by each of the three panelists are published online alongside the event:

C. Pyo & Vil (Leftcom), “Salutations, Fellow Kids!

zoe4revolution, “Communism Against Civilization or Eco-Fascism

Einar, text forthcoming

This event and Citarella’s forthcomign commission are part of Rhizome’s “Info-Wars” program thread, which explores new forms of political thought that are emerging online.

Credits

New Museum and Rhizome public programs are made possible, in part, through the support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

“Info-Wars” is made possible by Seth Stolbun and The Stolbun Collection.

The 2020 Rhizome Commissions Program is supported by Jerome Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.