Online catalogue / Hito Steyerl :

Normality 1-10
Normalität 1-10
AT / DE / 1999 - 2001
36 min.

Resistance to the political change which took place in Austria in the year 2000, even when coming from members of the alleged opposition, is repeatedly dismissed as a hysterical reaction. The claim is made that this was a "normal democratic change."
This characterization obscures the fact that the protest was directed primarily at a party whose populist program is intended to mobilize authoritarian and misanthropic prejudices. Furthermore, these protests were and are intended to stop the "integration of popular racism" (Steyerl) into the social and political mainstream, which is also on the rise in countries other than Austria.

What is declared normal by some and accepted as such by the majority sometimes represents a concrete threat to others. Normality 1-10, a series of short video essays, registers everyday neo-fascist violence as being
an instrument of such "normalization." In a matter-of-fact and at the same time insistent manner, Hito Steyerl offers a richly detailed report on the growing number of anti-Semitic and racist attacks - on cemeteries, monuments and human beings - in both Austria and Germany. In a sober visual language, she develops a number of forms and styles of commentary to pose questions concerning the social structures inherent to this variety of violence and their representation.

At the same time, Steyerl assumes an unequivocal political position: The important thing is to penetrate the silent acceptance and opportunistic racist consent. Normality also shows how immigrants - many of whom left their homes because of Europe´s commitment to global capitalism - demand their rights and remind us: "Your silence is encouraging fascism, telling the fascists that it´s okay what they are doing." (Thomas Korschil)

A film by:
- Hito Steyerl

category:
- Essay

original language:
- german

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- Betacam SP PAL

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