2013-12-09

A for cApitAl




Without doubt the subversive art par excellence is the graffiti, which not only takes the artwork out of the museum's comfort, but also calls into question all the social, economic and political conventions. From the distinction between public and private spheres, both in its material and intellectual dimensions, to the status of the artist and his relationship with the client and the public. But the graffiti is not only the most subversive art discipline in the form; its content usually also expresses a strong rejection of the dominant values. The famous graffiti Ne travaillez jamais (Don't ever work) painted by Guy Debord in Parisian May 1968 is a good example of that. But probably the graffiti par excellence, given its subversive nature and its lack of aesthetic pretensions, is the symbol of anarchy, the "A" surrounded by a "O". This is therefore the anarchist symbol par excellence of the political and social subversion, of what the dominant thinking often characterizes as anti-establishment.

But on another level, probably the most intense transformation process we are going through today is the transition from a world governed on the basis of political sovereignty towards another world in which who governs is the capital. In this context, the profit maximization of big capital drives to seek increasingly sophisticated mechanisms in order to escape the restrictions of traditional politics and to act with the greatest possible freedom and impunity. Thus the system, which disqualifies the anarchy as a radical or anti-systemic practice, promotes paradoxically at another level this same anarchy: the capitalist anarchy.

Image [aw] after data from Fortune's Global 500 list (2013).