Techno Viking Forever
Updated: May 14, 2020
It's almost been 20 years since the greatest Techno Meme was created. That meme, of course, is the "Techno Viking".
The original 4-minute video was shot by experimental video artist Matthias Fritsch at the Fuckparade on 8 July 2000 begins with the title "Kneecam No. 1". The camera is on a group of dancing people with a blue-haired woman in front. A man stumbles into the scene grabbing the woman. A bare-chested man (known colloquially as the Techno Viking) wearing a Mjölnir pendant enters the scene while turning to that man. He grabs him by the arms and the camera follows, showing the confrontation. The bare-chested man pushes the guy back in the direction he came. He looks at him sternly and then points his finger at him, ensuring he behaves. Then the camera follows the bare-chested man as the techno parade continues. Another observer comes from the back of the scene offering an inverted bottle of water to him. As the situation calms down, the bare-chested man starts to dance down Rosenthaler Straße to techno music. I decided as I was in Berlin it would be appropriate to visit Rosenthaler Straße. I was able to see what's changed in almost 20 years and also to pay homage at least in my head to that day with the Techno Viking. Here is that experience lasting 4 minutes.