Lecture by Jörg Huber, Critical Theory and Aesthetics, Zurich/Switzerland and Daniel Späti, Head of Transcultural Collaboration, Zurich/Switzerland
Taking a risk is usually more often associated with danger than with a chance that opens up new perspectives. In our daily life we are trying to secure and assure as much aspects possible, which starts with prenatal diagnostics even before we are born. We are (made being) afraid of the unknown and uncertain because it’s BEYOND of our control. While we are longing for unique and extraordinary experiences in our lives, or we are confronted with new and complex challenges in today’s world, we are not ready to deal with the unpredictable at the same time. This restrains us from leaving the comfort zone or explore different ways how to deal with current issues. Meeting an other (as the unfamiliar, the stranger) offers a chance of risking something. Hence a risk is an important element of each transcultural experience and exchange. In the lecture we will talk about various aspects of our relationship to “risk” in our daily life, in arts and design practice or in human relationships and we will insist that taking risk is an important attitude towards a culture of “Beyond Purity”.