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Claus Schöning — Politics in Disguise

Claus Schöning
Politics in Disguise

Scientific Collaborator: Julian Keimer

Is it possible for humans, to envision a politics that transcends the human domain? Within Politics in Disguise, the conventional image of a speaking politician is transformed to embody a mushroom that, through a complex process of translation, delivers a speech that challenges our traditional understanding of governance. As a member of the fungi kingdom, it asserts its capability to represent not only animals but also plants, and even unicellular organisms, more effectively than Homo sapiens, an ape-derived species, is able to.

There is a certain urgency in its rhetoric that feels familiar, yet it addresses a broader audience than just humans. It speaks not solely on our behalf but includes us in a more comprehensive, inclusive representation. The audience, which includes humans, appears to be multispecies, yet remains engaged. The human perspective is juxtaposed with, or perhaps complemented by, a non-human viewpoint.


Claus Schöning | Julian Keimer

Image by: Claus Schöning, 2022