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Politics of Fear

The Aura of Revolution


Wenn ich muss, dann muss ich!


No Hope no Fear

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Politics of Fear

Politics of fear consists of a series of interventions in public spaces. Starting in different Austrian cities, the series is being implemented where needed. The project is an artistic research-based survey that illustrates current fears and worries, and tries to collectively overcome them by creating interactions, links and common ground, as well as by listening as political a(rt)ction.

As a general startegy, after each action the PoF- collective finds means for a further interventional utilization (public furniture, sculptures, local necessities...) of collected fears (in form of the used materials) in a participatory process with people of the city - with the aim to create social spaces that stimulate interpersonal interactions to facilitate the deconstruction of fears through the emergence of new points of contact.

Recent Actions

In September 2016, the Herbert-Bayer-Platz in the city center of Linz became the showcase of a two-day artistic intervention into public space. Everybody was invited to participate – Children and Grown-ups – to leave their traces in the city. Because the city belongs to all of us! For the intervention the collective build up a Black Box of fear which was placed at a central square. Passers-by were invited to enter the Black Box and start a conversation with the fears they find inside.


27. + 28. September 2016

A cooperation of Social Design_Arts As Urban Innovation // Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien with gfk Gesellschaft für Kulturpolitik OÖ and afo architekturforum oberösterreich


*Das Projekt POLITICS OF FEAR borgt sich den Titel des gleichnamigen Buchs der Soziolinguistin Ruth Wodak. Die Autorin analysiert die Strategien rechtspopulistischer Parteien und zeigt, dass durch die bewusste Desinformation und Präsentation falscher Fakten sowie phantasierter Bedrohungen gezielt Ängste geschürt werden.

2015 - ongoing

PoF Collective

Alessia Scuderi, Jana Alaraj, Milly Reid, Enrico Tomassini, Sebastian Kraner, LaSchandré Coetzee Michel Gölz, Virginia Lui, Sassan Bahmanabadi, Ruth Mateus-Berr, Martin Färber, Christina Schraml, Ulduz Ahmadzadeh;


support: Social Design Studio;


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