POLITICS OF FEAR

POLITICS OF FEAR

YEAR: 2016-2017
LOCATION 1: Cumulus Conference at Hong Kong Design Institute, Hong Kong, CHINA
DATE: 21.11.2016
NAME: Re-negotiating Politics of Fear in public spaces / Cumulus Conference

LOCATION 2: Z33, and public space at Hasselt, BELGIUM
DATE: 23.4.-24.4.2017
NAME: COURAGE FOR DEMOCRACY!

TYPE: Group Exhibition, Ruth Mateus-Berr & PoF Collective

PHOTOCREDITS: ©PoF

DESCRIPTION

Current social, economic, political, governmental and technological responses are too slow to provide answers to the rapid growth and speed of societal changes, not one stone seems to be left upon another. Rapid urbanization, the devasting of rural landscapes, increasing density in cities, structural unsustainability and conflicts over diminishing natural resources, massive explosion of environmental and economic refugees. Design must become politics. We cannot further rely on governments and society. Unexpected change appears on the agenda. We have lost our courage like someone who lost his glasses.
The philosopher Cynthia Fleury argues for the recapture of the core virtue of democracy: Courage. The Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben believes that “the true courage is not to imagine an alternative, but to accept the consequences of the fact that there is no clearly discernible alternative: the dream of an alternative is a sign of theoretical cowardice and the true courage is to admit that the light at the end of the tunnel is most likely the headlights of another train approaching us from the opposite direction”. Our workshop and interventions will therefore deal with the topic of courage.
Participants were invited to find questions about what is needed for courage for democracy.

LOCATION 1:
We were proud to present our paper “Re-negotiating Politics of Fear in public spaces” at the CUMULUS Conference “Open Design for E-very-thing” in Hong Kong.

LOCATION 2:
This took place at Z33 and a public space in Hasselt.
The questions were sprayed with chalk powder on the asphalt. Objective was to discuss these issues with as many passerbys as possible.
The further participants were asked to draw ‘needs for courage’ on brown corrugated paperboards and hold it in front of the Majors residence as a statement and memory, that democracy must remain as a basic condition of politics.

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Passer-bys would sit in a round designed Agora by the TRADERS Pablo Calderón Salazar (LUCA School of Arts (campus C-mine)), Naomi Bueno de Mesquita (Design Academy Eindhoven), Jon Geib (Chalmers/Department of Architecture), Saba Golchehr (RCA/School of Architecture), Annelies Vaneycken (HDK – Academy of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg) and Michael Kaethler (KU Leuven, Planning and Development and the Architecture and Culture Theory research units).

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