HOMO CONSUMENS – ON THE WAY TO GOLGOTHA – teaser

A PERFORMANCE ART INTERVENTION BY JOHN HERMAN IN TIMES OF COVID-19 INSPIRED BY ERICH FROMM, 
COLOGNE, 6TH JULY 2020
 *** For the long version kindly click here: https://vimeo.com/438311936 *** 
Body Painting: Xandra Xandra Herdieckerhoff
 Photo Documentation: Matthias Drobeck Video Documentation:…

HOMO CONSUMENS – ON THE WAY TO GOLGOTHA - teaser

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A PERFORMANCE ART INTERVENTION BY JOHN HERMAN
IN TIMES OF COVID-19
INSPIRED BY ERICH FROMM, 
COLOGNE, 6TH JULY 2020

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For the long version kindly click here: https://vimeo.com/438311936
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Body Painting: Xandra Xandra Herdieckerhoff

Photo Documentation: Matthias Drobeck
Video Documentation: Gerhard Schick
Video Cut & Edit: John Herman

Live Stream Documentation: Thomas Reul
Supporter Team/ Co-Performers: Hasan Hüseyin Deveci, Selina Bonelli, Ilhelm Merabeth, Gitta Roser, Linda Müller

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„Homo Consumens is the man whose main goal is not primarily to own things, but to consume more and more, and thus to compensate for his inner vacuity, passivity, loneliness and anxiety. In a society characterized by giant enterprises and giant industrial, governmental and labor bureaucracies, the individual, who has no control over his circumstances of work, feels impotent, lonely, bored, and anxious. At the same time, the need for profit of the big consumer industries, through the medium of advertising, transforms him into a voracious man, an eternal suckling who wants to consume more and more and for whom everything becomes an article of consumption – cigarettes, liquor, sex, movies, television, travel and even education, books and lectures. New artificial needs are created and man’s tastes are manipulated. (The character of homo consumens in its more extreme forms is a well known psycho-pathological phenomenon. It is to be found in many cases of depressed or anxious persons who escape into overeating, overbuying, or alcoholism to compensate for the hidden depression and anxiety.)
The greed for consumption, an extreme form of what Freud called the “oral-receptive character,” is becoming the dominant psychic force in present-day industrialized society. Homo consumens is under the illusion of happiness, while unconsciously he suffers from his boredom and passivity. The more power he has over machines, the more powerless he becomes as a human being; the more he consumes, the more he becomes a slave to the ever increasing needs which the industrial system creates and manipulates. He mistakes thrill and excitement for joy and happiness and material comfort for aliveness; satisfied greed becomes the meaning of life, striving for it a new religion. The freedom to consume becomes the essence of human freedom.” – Erich Fromm

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