„We Must Become Idealists or Die“

„We Must Become Idealists or Die“

Gustav Metzger, geboren 1926 in Deutschland als Kind orthodoxer Juden, als Teenager den Nazis entkommen, Aktionskünstler und politischer Aktivist, Begründer der selbstzerstörerischen Kunst und anderer Strömungen – wie ich in der Verbindung von Musik und weiteren kreativen Gattungen schon auf SLASH-ZINE erwähnte (zum Beispiel in Hinblick darauf, warum Bands wie The Who so ambitioniert ihre Gitarren zerschmettern) – hat im Interview mit Karen Orton vom AnOther Magazin Interessantes über die Kraft und Notwendigkeit von Idealismus zu sagen:


Yes, there is an endless flow of people coming and going, who are committed to understanding and changing the way things are done. I see myself simply as part of a stream, a worldwide stream coming and going, through the ages. It’s just a stream, a stream streaming along. (…)

I really wanted to be active in art with bits of it being political, and essentially my life has been about art, and the politics came on the side.(…)

The main problem is that we think we are on top. We always dominate the natural world and we are determined to go on doing so. The problems are endless and cumulative. We believe that we know everything best. The animal world is endlessly bigger than the human world, and at least as important. The necessity to accept that is perhaps the greatest challenge facing the human world.(…)

We have the potential now of major, major transformations in understanding our world and in reshaping it. It’s not all doom and gloom by any means, not at all. (…)

There isn’t much fighting spirit and that’s what is needed, especially from younger people. If we don’t get it, the world is in trouble. There is idealism in this country, it’s not focused, sharpened and applied as it should be. It’s diffuse and incoherent. “We must become idealists or die” – I believe this is the spirit with which to confront our world. It’s the starting point of a critique and of possible organisations. There is not enough idealism involved among young people to deal with the world, and that is required. Without idealism, you don’t have the energy to go forward, it needs to be encouraged, fostered and supported. And it is a fight, this is so important.(…)

I must have faith in humanity, otherwise it just doesn’t come together. The opportunities for the world are immense and as an idealist I have to be optimistic that there is a future, or it just wouldn’t work out at all. I do believe in the future, I must believe in the future. I have to try and do my little bit to try and make the future as intelligent and as reasonable as possible, so I try and do that.¹

Im Video zu seiner Ausstellung vom letzten Jahr im Londoner Tate Britain Museum, kommt dieser beeindruckende Mann in Bewegung und in Farbe zu Wort:

Titelbild: Screenshot vom Tate Video auf Youtube