Ode to Joy Street Performance

[The best performance of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy part of the Ninth Symphony that I’ve come across. This ‘flashmob’ perfectly captures its hope and humanity-uniting essence. My poem below might make more sense after watching this video. The fact that this video was made by and for a bank – note the frequent product placement – is wonderfully ironic and dialectically significant: the universalising tendency of capital of which Marx spoke is the progressive side of its exploitation, reification, alienation and social oppressiveness… Globalization in all its terrible destructiveness is also the globalization of the notion of One Humanity on One Planet.]


~ by Peter Lach-Newinsky on December 9, 2012.

2 Responses to “Ode to Joy Street Performance”

  1. The fact that the musos were coming out of the bank, and that it was made by a bank, kind of freaks me out. The music makes me cry.

    • Yep, dere’s da dialectics of now praps. I love contradictions, don’t you? The Joy of Money, the Joy of One HUmanity, opposites, yet linked in history’s strange dance.

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