Californian Ideology

The Anthropocene Project. An Encyclopedia

Wholeness, naturalness, self-realization: with this trinity, the hippie movement, which began in the 1960s, questioned ideals of affluence. Their alternatives were based on liberal principles, however, which would soon feed into a new neo-liberalism. As a counterculture of the 1960s already favorable of technology, their alternatives fused easily with techno-utopias in Silicon Valley during the 1980s and 1990s. Since then, ecology, technology, and market liberalism have merged to become globally circulating standards that we encounter as a constant eco-ideological call. With their sarcastic 1979 song “California Uber Alles,” the punk band Dead Kennedys already criticized the virtually totalitarian claim of eco-holism, that excludes those who think differently, presenting itself as a promise of salvation. Illumination with obstacles.

More information in the media section

The Whole Earth – California as Dialectic Image. Panel with Anselm Franke and Diedrich Diederichsen

HKW Talk on the Anthropocene. With Diedrich Diederichsen on The Whole Earth, Min. 9:00

Video Inquiry – Questions for the curators of the exhibition The Whole Earth, Diedrich Diederichsen

HKW Talk on the Anthropocene. With Anselm Franke, Min 15:10

HKW Talk on the Anthropocene. With Fred Turner

From Counterculture to Cyberculture. Keynote by Fred Turner

External links for further reading

Radio program by Reboot FM on the topic. With contributions by Hans-Christian Dany, Anselm Franke, Alex Slade, Katja Dieffenbach, and others (German/English)

Blog on The Whole Earth. California and the Disappearance of the Outside (German)

Öko / Cyber / Neo – Was gab’s Neues für Sie …? Audioumfrage aus dem Blog System Erde (German)

Blog entry The Whole Earth - in Stücken. Interview with Fred Turner. “In California we are just doing what we are doing”

Videointerview mit Diedrich Diederichsen – Nach dem Ende vom Aussen (German)

Dead Kennedys „California Über Alles“ 1979 Lyrics by Jello Biafra / John Greenway © Sound Diagrams / Decay Music

Jefferson Airplane „Eskimo Blue Day“ 1969 Lyrics by Paul Kantner / Grace Slick © EMi Music Publishing

Bob Marley „Exodus“ 1977 Lyrics by Bob Marley © Universal Music Publishing Group

The Doors „The End“ 1967 Lyrics by The Doors © Universal Music Publishing Group / Kobalt Music Publishing ltd

The Whole Earth. California and the Disappearance of the Outside. Program

More information and impressions in the calatog on the exhibition and conference, published by Diedrich Diederichsen and Anselm Franke. Sternberg Press, Berlin 2013