Symposium I
Symposium II
Exhibition / 52-Hour-Lab
Jean-Baptiste Joly
Vorbemerkungen zu
»Dealing with Fear«

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
Since When and Why Are We Afraid
of the Future?

Bertrand Bacqué, Ingrid Wildi Merino
Beetween Fear as a Spectacle
and Interiorized Fear

Vadim Bolshakov
Genetic Roots of Instinctive
and Learned Fear

David N. Bresch
Von irrationalen Ängsten
zu versicherbaren Risiken

Paula Diehl
Dealing with Fear
The Mise en Scène of the SS
in National Socialist Propaganda

Björn Franke
Violent Machines for Troubled Times

Teresa Hubbard, Beate Söntgen
Home and Fear
An Email-Conversation
after the Symposium’s Talk

Iassen Markov, Stephan Trüby
Temple of Janus 2.0
The 5 Codes_Space of Conflict

Jürgen Mayer H., Henry Urbach
Mind the Gap
A Transcript of the Symposium’s Talk

Matthias Aron Megyeri
Sweet Dreams Security® Est. 2003
Notes from an Orwellian City

Jasmeen Patheja, Hemangini Gupta
Fear as Experienced
by Women in Their Cities

Ortwin Renn, Andreas Klinke
Von Prometheus zur Nanotechnologie
Der gesellschaftliche Umgang
mit Risiken und Bedrohungen

Gabi Schillig
The Politics of Lines.
On Architecture/War/Boundaries
and the Production of Space

Gerald Siegmund, Maren Rieger
Die Another Day: Dealing with Fear

Jens Martin Skibsted, Adam Thorpe
Liberty versus Security:
Bikes versus Bombs

Helene Sommer
High over the Borders
Stories of Hummingbirds, Crying Wolves,
and the Bird’s Eye View

Yi Shin Tang
Dealing with the Fear of Abuse
of Intellectual Property Rights
in a Globalized Economy

Margarete Vöhringer
Keine Angst im Labor
Nikolaj Ladovskijs psychotechnische
Architektur im postrevolutionären Moskau

Susanne M. Winterling
Dealing with Fear: an Inside
and an Outside Perspective

Photo Gallery

Matthias Aron Megyeri
Sweet Dreams Security® Est. 2003
Notes from an Orwellian City

Born in Stuttgart, Matthias Aron Megyeri came to London in 2001, and was struck by the national attitude to security. According to SSN (Surveillance Studies Network), Britain has the highest levels of surveillance in the world, with 4.2 million CCTV cameras (approximately one camera for every 14 people) compared with Germany, which has the least.

Sweet Dreams Security® is an art and research project, a security product range, brand, and company. Matthias Aron Megyeri started his London-based enterprise to intervene in the ever-expanding home security market with critical re-workings of our traditional domestic defenses.

Promising to “spread mental wellbeing through non-threatening design,” Sweet Dreams Security® products combine kitsch and crime prevention in, for example, Victorian railings with bunnies and penguins in place of spikes and padlocks shaped like Teddy bears. Are the desire for kitsch and the demand for security, contradictory impulses or analogous symptoms of a fearful society? In the guise of a product designer and businessman, Matthias Aron Megyeri has been gathering information in London, Europe’s Orwellian city, and will be bringing it back to Stuttgart.


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