Lecture – “From Futurism to National Socialist Black Metal” – Fascism as Aesthetic Extremism

Aug 13, 2023 -- 15:00

Fascism is the past projected into the future by new means. Rejected from the mainstream, he broke into it, experimenting with form. Brutal, over-stylized, despising bourgeois aesthetics, he was also its embodiment, a cancerous growth that arises directly from its cells. From futurists, through Leni Riefenstahl and the cinematography of the Third Reich, occult excursions, hate core, National Socialist black metal, and the black bloc – it was extremist in form or was an essential prop of that extremism. Sinister, over-aestheticized, and immersed in myth – from the dawn to the present. Let’s try to sort this out a bit.

Dr. Przemysław Witkowski (1982) is a researcher of political extremism, journalist of “Polityka” and assistant professor at Collegium Civitas. Collaborator of the Center for Research on Extremism in Oslo and...