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Army of Love: Presentation and Recruitment Session

Workshop-performance by Dora Garcia, Ingo Niermann, Michelangelo Miccolis and Krõõt Juurak

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Do love and sexuality constitute a basic right? Should the community guarantee them? Should they be included among the resources distributed by the state? Army of Love is a group of activists which has been created precisely “to offer all-encompassing sensual love—care, desire, sex, and respect—to all who need it”, whether their bodies conform or not to the orthodox canons of desire, beauty, and physical and mental functioning. Workshop-performance with Dora García, Ingo Niermann, Michelangelo Miccolis and Krõõt Juurak.

Inspired by Ingo Niermann’s novel Complete Love, and presently in the phase of formation, Army of Love will be presented at the CCCB on 22 February with a workshop-performance of voluntary participation and sensual but not sexually explicit content. This gathering is part of a series of presentations of Army of Love, starting in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden in 2016 and continuing, in 2017, with the CCCB, Barcelona, as its first venue, after which it moves on to the Independent Studies Programme at the MACBA (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art), and then to Casco in Utrecht.

Army of Love regards itself as an army characterised by camaraderie, a sense of duty, the pleasure of feeling at one with everybody, and an absence of egoism. It brings together people who give love because they have it in excess and others who receive it because they need it. In Army of Love, these roles are interchangeable and are constantly being exchanged. The group defines itself as “the most radical possible response to neoliberalism, capitalism, the winners-losers dichotomy, and fascism.” Its credo is “based on completism and it aspires to total justice”.

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Army of Love: Presentation and Recruitment Session

Workshop-performance by Dora Garcia, Ingo Niermann, Michelangelo Miccolis and Krõõt Juurak

Do love and sexuality constitute a basic right? Should the community guarantee them? Should they be included among the resources distributed by the state? Army of Love is a group of activists which has been created precisely “to offer all-encompassing sensual love—care, desire, sex, and respect—to all who need it”, whether their bodies conform or not to the orthodox canons of desire, beauty, and physical and mental functioning.

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