Portrait Otto Muehl

Communal Fantasy

"The psychoanalytic lesson would seem to be that what culture wars embody is the struggle between identification, dis-identification, and re-identification. The commune is an attempt to get beyond this endless dialectic. Even if the commune fails, at the very least, it wants to imagine that we can be a group that does not identify with authority and power, that does not reproduce the same sick bonds, so easily displaced into the economic realm and commodified."

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