Pro Helvetia/Swiss Arts Council mandate: Bilderberg 2017

During the year 2017, I am counselling another Pro Helvetia Förderprojekt in visual arts. The project is developed by photographer Giacomo Bianchetti. It addresses the power of global corporations, the collusion of public and private stakeholders, as well as the exclusionary dispositives by which annual Bilderberg meetings are accompanied. Having followed the latter conferences for many years and through different European countries, Giacomo’s Bilderberg 2017 project develops a new technological and visual rendering of this high-level get-together, while also contrasting it with his previous works and exhibitions.

For more information visit Giacomo Bianchetti’s website or download his publication on Bilderberg 2015 in Telfs-Buchen (Austria) here.

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Pro Helvetia/Swiss Arts Council mandate: How to secure a country

Since winter 2015, I am counselling a Pro Helvetia Förderprojekt in visual arts. The project is developed by photographer Salvatore Vitale, and seeks to capture practices of contemporary national security management in Switzerland. Under the title How to secure a country, he visualises standard operating procedures of national danger management broadly defined – the control of borders, people, goods, urban spaces, mobility and so on. By focusing on manuals for professional security production, and their practical implementation in the field, he lends attention to – and displays in new ways – the difficult and bureaucratic rationalisation of the fluid thing termed ‘(in-)security’.

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For more information and early results of this project, visit Salvatore Vitale’s website or read his interview for American Suburb X.