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

Fear of unemployment, natural catastrophes, terror, and illness is interwoven with everyday life in today’s industrialized nations. Faith in the future, which inspired people after World War II, has been replaced with a diffuse fear of the future and change. What are the causes for this? Is fear the downside of the economic and military globalization process, an indication of its brutality and exclusivity? Do rulers stoke and exploit fear to keep societies in compliance with ideological pressure? How do insurers, investors and economists—the administrators of risk—react to fear? How do scientists deal with fear? How do artists, architects, musicians, filmmakers, and poets articulate this phenomenon? And how can this dynamic be analyzed and localized from a cultural and historic perspective?

As an initiative event, the three-day symposium Dealing with Fear: What Holds Societies Together took place October 18–20, 2007 at Akademie Schloss Solitude. On Thursday evening, the symposium was opened with the introducing lecture “Since When and Why Do We Fear the Future?” by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Stanford University. On Friday, guest speakers focused on specific aspects of the central topic and discussed them with the current jurors. On the third day, fellows from various artistic and academic disciplines presented their work related to the question of dealing with fear, insecurity, and safety.