DemoKino – Virtual Biopolitical Agora

Davide Grassi
June 7th, 2006

Demokino is a virtual parliament that through topical film parables provides the voters (participants) with the opportunity to decide on issues that, paradoxically, have become the essence of modern politics: questions of life, including abortion, cloning, water privatization, copyleft, euthanasia, genetically modified organisms, and same-sex marriage.  The project questions not only the utopia of a contemporary virtual forum that is supposed to open new ways of more direct and influential participation, but also points out a much deeper problem of modern democracy.
With its reduced narrative – the story is built on the inner “pro and contra” dialogues of the protagonist who is led around his home by “parliamentary votes” based on the participants’ decisions – Demokino shows how these ethical dilemmas of modern life suddenly become the core of our political participation. When the issue of life enters the political arena and modern politics becomes biopolitics democratic decisions reach an impasse: laws are being debated on issues that actually cannot tolerate any political decision. Majority rule – problematic in itself – turns political regulations into publicly legitimated acts of violence. Demokino is a virtual parliament that displays how politics precedes law. Law is just a utopian and redundant technical procedure to cover the political essence.

We wish you a successful session!

DemoKino – Virtual Biopolitical Agora
a book edited by Ivana Ivlović and Davide Grassi


DemoKino DVD – Micro Dictatorial Kit

Both publications will be available at O3ONE!

High res. images free of charge are available here:





Project supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia

O3ONE Art Space and Aksioma – Institut for Contemporary Art

Invites you to participate

DemoKino – Virtual Biopolitical Grandstand
Interactive anti-entertaining movie

project author Davide Grassi


Wednesday, June 7th, 2006, at 21h!

Duration: 75 min.
Only 50 free seats!!!

Please book your place in O3ONE
by telephone – 011 3238 789 or
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The deadline is June 1st, 2006!!!