Mikser 2010: An Exposition of Totalitarian Coporate Fascism Disguised As Alternative Arts Festival
Corruption in art is nothing new in history. The well known artists during the Italian Renaissance such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci were sponsored by the leading merchant families of Florence and Venice. By the 20th Century, art fell under the control of leading corporate players such as John D. Rockefeller. The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York was created by Rockefeller in order to tame art and exclude radical critical art from the mainstream viewing public. Today, MOMA is still owned and controlled by the Rockefeller family.
Over the past 15 years, the penetration of multinational corporations over all forms of art from visual to the performing arts have come under the control of corporate monopolies. The past 15 years, the world has entered into an era of Totalitarian Capitalism. In the words of the American New Wave band Devo, we are living under a “Corporate Feudal State.” The contemporary Serbian philosopher Duci Simonovic writes that capitalism today is totalitarian in so much as it seeks to bring all spheres of live be it social, political and cultural under total control in order “to bring the masses into the spiritual orbit of capitalism.”
Mikser 2010 was not simply the latest in the banal line of corporate sponsored festivals. Billed mostly as a design expo showcasing Serbian designers, it was in fact an exposition of totalitarian corporate fascism. Mikser was actually a geo-political experiment to reveal the political reality of Western hegemony in order to see how the public would react. In one neat and complete package, Mikser revealed conclusively that we live under a global totalitarian corporate fascist military dictatorship.