GLOBAL ANGST - Parliament, Parade, Ritual

29.10 - 31.10.2021

Curated by Julian Warner


In German and English | With the exception of the two lecture performances, admission to all events is free | In cooperation with Radio 80000, all GLOBAL ANGST events will also be broadcast on the radio


“Fear is a world” the philosopher Paul Virilio stated in 2010 in view of the financial market crisis and the global war against terror. By that he meant that the panic had become total, all-embracing. We live in an age of fear. It construes friend and foe, inside and outside, need for security and security policy. The global community has disintegrated into a multiplicity of simultaneous worlds of fear. No rational arguments can penetrate these hermetic filter bubbles. Virilio states, that acceleration has transformed the light of enlightenment into the terror of lightspeed. In the framework of GLOBAL ANGST, these fearful worlds are brought together in an affect-political intervention. In Munich, the safest city in Germany, a coalition of the frightened will form on Halloween. In three performative situations, a selection of local and international fears will become manifested in artistic, academic and political contributions. In the Muffathalle, the “Parlament der Angst” (Parliament of Fear) will meet on the 29th and 30th October. Here, viewers will become Members of Parliament, and together with musicians, performers, thinkers, and politicians, they will summon the fears of our time. These fears will be carried through the city centre of Munich in a parade, with activists and local and international artists participating, and then finally they will be set alight in a ceremonious ritual at the former Olympic site.


In the Parliament of Fear, audience members and speakers summon the world’s fears together. The first day of the session begins with a talk by Timnit Gebru, an AI ethicist recently fired by Google, on the dangers posed to marginalized people by large-scale language models in machine learning. This will be followed up by the President of the World Uyghur Congress, Dolkun Isa, with remarks on the genocide of the Uyghur minority in China. The second day of the session continues with a greeting from Extinction Rebellion concerning the threat of climate collapse. This is followed by a problematization of the dangerous connection between immunity and community by philosopher Paul B. Preciado (tbc). Together with cultural theorist Klaus Theweleit, sociologist Paula-Irene Villa Braslavsky discusses fascism as a bodily state of anxiety-filled men, and author Bini Adamczak argues for a materialist analysis of anxiety. These contributions are framed by greetings and interventions from the civil society groups involved in the parade. But it is simply impossible to overcome fear with just language. In this meeting, we will also listen to unique music by Zachary Watkins and members of The Notwist, as well as lecture performances of Slavs and Tatars and Heba Y. Amin. Moreover, the setting will become an art in its own right: The viewers will be involved in the discourse by parliamentary procedures, and they will actively take part in determining which fears are to be sent to the parade and the ritual.


On Sunday, the day before All Saintsʼ Day, the fears collected in Parliament will be carried through downtown Munich in a Parade of Fear. The procession will consist of civil society groups such as the Bavarian Refugee Council, the Molestia fraternity, Extinction Rebellion, Randgruppenkrawall, the World Uyghur Congress, and others. It will include specially created contributions by artists such as Chicks on Speed, Der Plan, Jesaja Rüschenschmidt, Ogutu Muraya, and Quinsy Gario. The parade and its audience will kick off at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Academy of Fine Arts) and move along Leopoldstraße towards the Olympiapark, where artist Jörg Besserʼs Wicker Man, a huge human-like figure made of wicker, will welcome the participants and spectators. Here a parliament delegation will hand over the collected fears to the master of ceremonies, Anna McCarthy. Meeting Point: Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Akademiestraße 2 – 4.


As the grand finale of GLOBAL ANGST, Anna McCarthy stages a radical abstract opera to tame the worldʼs fears, by igniting the global Angst wicker man with a closing ceremony that manifests new shapes from the fire. Meeting Point: Parkplatz Olympia-Eissportzentrum, Spiridon-Louis-Ring.


Production and realization

GLOBAL ANGST is a project of the international theater festival SPIELART. Funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation). Funded by the Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media). In cooperation with the Goethe Institute and Radio80000 (Mediapartner).


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  • 29.10.2021 Parlament

    • 18:00 – 19:30

      Muffathalle, Radio 80000


      a.o. with Zachary Watkins and members of The Notwist

    • 20:00 – 21:30

      Muffathalle, Radio 80000


      with Timnit Gebru and Dolkun Isa (World Uyghur Congress)

    • 22:00 – 23:00

      Muffathalle, Radio 80000


      Slavs and Tatars

  • 30.10.2021 Parlament

    • 12:00 – 13:30

      Muffathalle, Radio 80000


      a.o. with Kai Burmeister and Extinction Rebellion

    • 14:00 – 15:30

      Muffathalle, Radio 80000


      with Paul B. Preciado (tbc)

    • 16:00 – 17:30

      Muffathalle, Radio 80000


      with Paula-Irene Villa Braslavsky and Klaus Theweleit

    • 18:00 – 19:00

      Muffathalle, Radio 80000


      with Bini Adamczak

    • 20:00 – 21:00

      Muffathalle, Radio 80000


      Heba Y. Amin

    • 22:00 – 23:30

      Muffathalle, Radio 80000


      a.o. with Rohit Jain, Zachary Watkins and members of The Notwist

  • 31.10.2021 Parade / Ritual

    • 15:00

      Public Space, Radio 80000


    • 17:00

      Public Space, Radio 80000


      Anna McCarthy