Preview: Jonathan Meese – Pump Up the Vampire, Pump Up the Vampire, Pump Up the Vampire, Smell!

'Art is the most natural enemy of all ideologies'

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Jonathan Meese

‘Meese was invited by (curator) Linsey Young to play the total game of Art in the Glue Factory. Meese will collect most of the work / toys for the „Artevolution“ in Glasgow.’ You’ve never really interviewed someone, even via e-mail, until you’ve interviewed someone who refers to themselves in the third person. ‘Meese brings the „Dictatorship of Art“ to the Glue Factory. Meese will show a total evolution installation. Meese will fill the Glue Factory with love, passion, propaganda and radicalism. Meese shows sculptures, drawings, writings, performances, music, installations and toys of total art. Meese presents the total power of art.’

It feels also churlish to intervene with context. Jonathan Meese was born in Tokyo and has been educated and based in Germany all his adult life. A multi-disciplinarian, his title for this show refers to his opinion of writer, curator and friend Roberto Ohrt (‘a vampire who pumps blood back in’) and M/A/R/R/S’ sole 1987 acid house hit ‘Pump Up the Volume’. He continues. ‘Art only loves Art. Art destroys everything that is not Art. Art is no political activism because Art is against all political systems. Art is the most natural enemy of all ideologies. Glasgow and Berlin are both headquarters of total Art. Glasgow and Berlin should totally ban all ideologies and start to be playgrounds of art.’

Glue Factory, Glasgow, until Sun 2 Nov.

Jonathan Meese: Pump Up the Vampire, Pump Up the Vampire, Pump Up the Vampire, Smell!

The debut show in Scotland by this controversial German artist.

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