We spoke with historian Monique Ligtenberg about how Switzerland was involved in the colonial period in Indonesia, what the repercussions are to this day, and what it all has to do with the documenta scandal.
Our artistic explorations touch into the bodily action of chewing gum, delimiting spaces and the space between the private and the public.
Identity crisis exists in every subtle moment in our lives, and we want to express these by revealing our uncertainty, struggles, reflections of other people regarding our identity, as well as historical events in the past.
With the switch of power, will the meaning of “pain” and “pleasure” we are so used to, take on different meanings, or be juxtaposed and create new discoveries for us?
How can we find an inner dialogue considering being in a identity crisis?
The children’s game “Chinese Whispers” is the starting point of a reflection on biases within communication. By including artificial intelligence as a player, we confront ourselves with the notion of “Othering”. Image generating and captioning software is looped together to exacerbate the system’s biases, while an AI voice calling on a telephone complains about its work being criticized.
Twenty Five people from more than ten different countries and over fifteen different majors came together in the biggest city of Switzerland, Zurich. In four weeks we found out how to curse somebody with a spell, how to work together and what it means to hold a lecture in a transcultural environment.