Let Us Hear Now the Crisis of Brains on the Asphalt: Three Punk Expressions of Crisis im Rahmen der Anarchist Studies Network Conference in Nottingham(Call for Papers); aufgrund der COVID-19 Pandemie findet die Konferenz dieses Jahr online statt.
Since the crisis-marked beginnings of punk, its obvious relationship with anarchism could be easily described as “it’s complicated”. In spite of the wide use of the word and the circled A symbol, not every artist considered anarchy in its political meaning of radical egalitarianism and libertarian socialism. As part of my ongoing research on avant-garde influences and tendencies in European pop culture, I am considering the presence in punk of the “impulse of anarchy”, as considered by Edoardo Sanguineti, as a more-than-political aesthetic phenomenon present in all avant-garde poetry (and arts in general) in modern history, consciously or not, whose ultimate goal is still, all considered, “to change life and modify the world”. Through this perspective, the proposed paper will present a comparative analysis of a selection of three expressions of crisis by three different punk groups from three different European countries, in three different languages: “Možgani na asfaltu” (“Brains on the Asphalt”) in Slovene by Berlinski zid from (then) Yugoslavia, “Lasciateci sentire ora” (“Let Us Hear Now”) in Italian by Franti from Italy, and “Crisis” in English by Poison Girls from the UK. The paper will thus try to contribute to the understanding of anarchist and anarchic influences in cultural coping with crisis under international capitalism and bourgeois hegemony.