Mateusz Kula

Spectral Capitalism and Tolkien‘s Right

Mateusz Kula has developed a distinct and multi-layered research-based practice making enquiries from three clear positions. First, as a collector and archivist he gathers material and keeps it for later. Second, as an analyst, he passionately conducts research into different forms of imagination. His particularly focus is on the period of transformation that Poland witnessed in the 1990s, when socialist degradation rubbed shoulders with shoddy capitalist commodification blending with local traditions. And third, as an interpreter he reshapes his archive and collection of material into new imaginary and discursive constructions. In his lecture, the artist analyses how mythical and iconic fascistic figures confront theoretical figures of the new materialism and accelerationism, revealing the mechanism of this covert pact.