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Body of Us

‘Body of Us’ is an exercise in and a reflection on different types of friendly relationships – and friendship, understood as the practice of ethical modes of living and acting together, of seeing and orienting within the world for the sake of a common cause. It aims to open up perspectives on ways of living together that can foster greater social, economic and environmental justice. Who are ‘we’ when we talk about ‘us’? And who is excluded from the ‘we’? ‘Body of Us’ is a quest for agency beyond what is commonly understood and conceded to ‘us’ in prevalent modes of political, institutional and economic governance, as well as by career and market conventions; at the same time it is an embodied experiment in the very topic it addresses, and a call for a relational and inherently self-critical way of doing design and of questioning the conditions under which design is produced, displayed and marketed.

  • 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