Pizzagate: From Rumor to Delusion
“Pizzagate: From Rumor to Delusion” is an experimental documentary that uses what Neidich refers to as the QAnon documentary style found on Youtube in order to discuss our post-truth society. To do this he focuses on the Pizzagate fake news scandal which took place during the 2016 American presidential campaign. . The Pizzagate rumor was a conspiracy theory that went viral and falsely accused Hillary Clinton and her 2016’s campaign associates of of running a child sex ring based in the basement of the Comet Ping Pong pizza parlor in Washington D.C. As a consequence some have suggested that she lost the presidential election. The owner, James Alefantis and the staff of the pizzeria have been harassed and even been victims of a gun shooting. Warren Neidich’s work associates the Pizzagate incident to the Society of the Spectacle and cognitive capitalism in which the mind and brain have become the new factories of the 21st society. The mental laborer or cognitariat is subject to new dispositifs of power some of which act directly on the material brain.
Neidich currently works between New York City and Berlin. Over the past five years, American artist Warren Neidich has used written texts, neon light sculptures, paintings and photographs to create cross-pollinating conceptual works that reflect upon situations at the border zones of art, science, and social justice. He is founder and director of the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art, which will focus this summer on “Deep Ecology in the Cognitive Capitalocene,” in collaboration with The Brooklyn Rail. Selected solo and group exhibitions include the Venice Biennale, Whitney Museum of American Art, P.S.1 MOMA, museums and galleries all over the world. His work has been the subject of over 150 magazine and newspaper articles. Recent awards include Stiftung Kunstfonds NEUSTART KULTUR (2020 and 2021), Hauptstadtkulturfonds (2021), and Katalogförderung des Berliner Senats (2017).