The Army of Love is a solidarity that offers training, discussions, manuals, and testimonial videos to promote the redistribution of sensual love to all who need it. Since its founding in 2016, the Army of Love has recruited people of diverse age, gender, ethnicity, and appearance all over Europe. While being highly concerned about issues of consent and inclusivity, the Army of Love has also been confronted with the danger of encapsulating itself in spheres of like-mindedness. Ingo Niermann will address the complexities the Army of Love has been dealing with and make a proposal for how they could address issues of hate and anger within the realms of care.
Ingo Niermann is a writer and the editor of the speculative Solutions Series at Sternberg Press. Recent books include Solution 295-304: Mare Amoris (2020), Burial of the White Main (with Erik Niedling, 2019), It’s Me! (with David Pearce, 2019), and Solution 275-294: Communists Anonymous (ed., with Joshua Simon, 2017). Based on his novel Solution 257: Complete Love (2016), Niermann initiated the Army of Love (thearmyoflove.net), a project that tests and promotes a need-oriented redistribution of sensual love that has been featured at Berlin Biennale, Castello di Rivoli, Shedhalle, Guggenheim New York and many other places. Niermann is a lecturer at Institut Art Gender Nature, HGK, FNHW, in Basel.