Kritik als Urteilskraft – wenn Trolle post-kritisch nachahmen

Anne Gräfe, Ellen Wagner


The extent to which the totalizing appropriation through subversive practices,
in the visual arts and political activism, can be turned around in order
to experience the possibility of a different present is the subject of the
proposed contribution. Using the hashtag #DCBlackout and looking at
Amalia Ulman’s Instagram performance „Excellences and Perfections“
(2014), the aim is to examine how ‚trolling‘ strategies, previously primarily
used as populist manipulation by the political right, are reflexive and subversive
and thereby can develop enlightening critical potential. Our thesis
is arguing that through the use of mass media rhetoric and distribution
channels inside social networks, ‚aesthetic trolls‘ provoke an art and political
world that is concerned with criticality and honesty and can present its
own defaults and blind spots. In addition to the resulting doubts about the
digitally postulated existing, thus something like digital authenticity itself,
the reflexive moment, i.e. the influence of the doubt on the individual her/
himself who spreads the digital message, is examined.