Josefin Rasmuson

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Surrender to the golden beast, 11th June 2016



Surrender to the golden beast, 2016


Surrender to the golden beast is a performance/installation that investigates an act of

giving in to something larger than the self, an hedonistic entity, the desiring machine embodied. This is playing with a certain form of madness.


Some part of me have always desired this. To let go, to give in. To surrender to a form of frenzy. Desire, instant satisfaction. To become an adult child, innocent and ravenous, indifferent to consequence. Perhaps everyone can feel it now and then. On the metro home, passing by the automat selling sweets and the advertisment saying "You deserve this". Yes I do. Or when considering that next glass of wine. Or when we hear about the burning of the rainforests, the cimate changes, the poverty and Paris Hiltons new shoes and how much they cost. Yes, yes I think I will another glass. I dont care what happens. Ill care tomorrow, some other day.

Joyce Carol Oates writes in the novel"Beasts" "We are beasts, we feel no guilt." (p 2) I'm not a beast, I feel guilt all the time. And I am so tired of my guilt. Its a deep ache, and its impossible to appease. The ache of the guilt is worse than the ache of the horrors of the world, because I am a selfish being. My desire to give up and give in to the whims of my inner child, to merge myself with the gold sprinkled flow of the winners has to do with that. I simply don't want to feel guilty anymore. Turning the tables involves turning fatalistic about our shared future. Everything is going to shits if we continue like this. We know this. So lets have a great party! Lets spend all our money, lets get intoxicated and wild. Our culture cannot outwit its own momentum, the beasts are free to roam.


The golden beast is a manifestation of greed in our time, as well as the desire for freedom. It recognizes the catastrophical overlap of the desire to free oneself (from guilt) and the desire to sooth oneself with shopping and material goods. The golden beast represents Western culture's attempt to forget that you can't buy happiness. The surrender to this creature is both a willful act to give in, go with the flow, to give free reign to the demon of desire we all carry within. But its also a frustrated act of hopelessness, as the responsability for global problems have been placed on the shoulders of individual citizens that have little power to do affect real change. Here hides a deathwish - a dance on the brink of destruction - a final surrender to global intoxication.



Running dates: 15th april - 15th september 2016.

There will be public events at different stages. The first public even is the 11th of June 2016. Updates about this project will happen here on the website and on Facebook.