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London Design Biennale 2018

Swiss Participation “Body of us” @ London Design Biennale 2018 © Stefan Schmidlin

Emotional States

Swiss participation
«Body of us»

4. – 23. 9. 2018
Somerset House, London (UK)

Contributors: Jamie Allen, Paul Boshears, Morgan Brown, Julia Freyhoff, Bernhard Garnicnig, Corinne Gisel, Fabian Harb, Nina Jaeger, Rebekka Kiesewetter, Kaja Kusztra, Vanessa Lorenzo, Matthias Maurer, Raphaëlle Mueller, Nina Paim, Lukas Popp, Fabian Ritzi, Maximilian Thoman, Kirsty White
Installation: Lorenzo Mueller, Raeuber&Stehler & Kaja Kusztra
Publication: continent.
Production manager London: Kirsty White
Website design: common-interest in collaboration with Dinamo
Website programming: Morgan Brown
Curator: Rebekka Kiesewetter

Initiated by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia in collaboration with Presence Switzerland and the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK.

Supported by the Swiss Cultural Fund UK.

With thanks to the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures FHNW HGK Basel, the Stadtwerkstatt Basel and Hackuarium Biohackerspace for their hospitality.

Communication: MAY Concepts Ltd.

From 4 to 23 September 2018 the second edition of the London Design Biennale will take place with up to 40 countries, cities and territories, that will exhibit at Somerset House in response to the theme Emotional States. Switzerland will present «Body of us» by curator Rebekka Kiesewetter.

Emotional States

The London Design Biennale explores how design relates to many aspects of our lives – the way we live and how we live – our emotions, being and experiences. Curator Rebekka Kiesewetter and the contributors to the exhibition «Body of us» have been working since November 2017 on the topic of friendly relationships as potentially emancipatory connections. We met them at the end of May, during one of their preparatory workshops at the Da Institute in Basel.

Body of Us

«Body of Us» consists of a physical installation and an audio piece in Somerset House, as well as of a publication and a website. It is an exercise in and a reflection on friendly relationships: Elective, messy, open ended and in constant flux, as are the emotions they generate, as potentially emancipatory connections.

There are many relationships that are playing a role between different actors, they may be legal, historical, symbolic, normative, affective and emotional. The actors themselves may be human or not, visible or invisible, technological or biological, known or unknown. Evolving around the question «who is I and who are we, when we talk about us», the project explores forms of relating and togetherness that are able to challenge the broadly accepted norms, binaries and conditions of contemporary working and living environments, modes of political, institutional and economic governance. Can friendship be regarded as tactics or even be a mean for orienting yourself within the world for the sake of a common cause that would encourage the growth and practice of more ethical modes of living and acting together?