Taken as the title of this show, Stefan Brüggemann’s text piece reminds us that the extreme pace of modern life triggers a cascade of questions and counterpositions. The alliterative twinning of speed and speech is an insightful comment on the way information courses through society but it is also an injunction. This show wishes us to tear down the cultural, political and economic monuments of late capitalism: our high-speed age is accelerating towards a necessary and final crash. The force of such a crash can obliterate those monuments and the structures of power that created them.
The addendum (MISFITS) reflects the artists’ embrace of their outsider status in the art world and gives a passing nod to Foucault’s conception of the ‘monster’ as ‘the fundamental figure around which bodies of power and domains of knowledge are disturbed and reorganized. This show stands as a sociological record of human behaviour in the age of disaster capitalism and a manual for surviving political systems.