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Kollectiv, G. and Kollectiv, P. (2010) We. Performance type: Musical event We, 29th August 2010, Kunsthall, Oslo. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:25391)

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Abstract

Inspired by the dystopian fiction of Yevgeny Zamyatin and the minimal synthesiser music of the early 80s, London-based artist duo Pil and Galia Kollectiv are joined by Victor M. Jakeman and Ruth Angel Edwards to present popular chart hits in new versions, turning songs about 'me' and

'you' into songs about 'us', and replacing the individual 'I' with the collective 'WE'.

"You're in a bad way! Apparently, you've developed a soul." (Yevegeny Zamyatin, We, 1920).

The performance WE reveals the latent politics of the love song by annihilating its liberal subject; through the simple substitution of the plural for the singular, intimacy becomes a form of collective action and the unique the universal. Sonically, WE follows in the footsteps of bands like The Better Beatles, who sought to improve on the canon of popular music by stripping it bare, even.

“It is Marx who, for ‘general intellect’, uses the term ‘social individual’. We can postulate that the

general is something pre-individual, a kind of general consciousness that exists before individuals form, and from which they form. This general pre-individual is a ‘we’ that exists before the different I’s develop, so is not the sum of all I’s.” - Paolo Virno

Item Type: Performance
Subjects: N Visual Arts
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Kevin Goddard
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2010 08:44 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:03 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/25391 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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