Army of Love

Artist: Ingo Niermann, Alexa Karolinski
video | HD film, color, sound | 00:59 | 2016

Romantic love is saturated with commoditization. The socialistic premise behind “free love” crumbles when desiring competition gets in the way, and in the age of hook-up apps, the possibility of free sex represents the liberalization, not the liberation, of love. Alexa Karolinski and Ingo Niermann engage these issues with Army of Love, a video campaign introducing a propositional regiment of soldiers diverse in age and appearance and tasked with solving the persistent social malaise of dire loneliness. The docu-fictional video is in part a utopian proposal framed by conversations questioning the basic premises of love and justice.


9th Berlin Biennale For Contemporary Art | 2016.06.04 - 2016.09.18 | Akademie Der Kunste (AdK)(Berlin, Germany) | Blue-Star(Berlin, Germany) | ESMT European School of Management and Technology(Berlin, Germany) | KW Institute for Contemporary Art(Berlin, Germany) | The Feuerle Collection(Berlin, Germany)