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THE SWISS PSYCHOTROPIC GOLD REFINING – what is your mission? Corner College, 10 September – 8 October 2017 Sound: DJ Fred Hystère, Voice: Julia Haenni For more than three hundred years, Swiss commodity trading has been part of a mesh…

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THE SWISS PSYCHOTROPIC GOLD REFINING – what is your mission?
Corner College, 10 September – 8 October 2017
Sound: DJ Fred Hystère, Voice: Julia Haenni
For more than three hundred years, Swiss commodity trading has been part of a mesh of colonial, postcolonial and neoliberal entanglements. It enabled both early modern industrialization and the constitution of the Switzerland as a financial center. It also brought about specific aesthetic, affective and moral economies. The Swiss myth of neutrality turns dirty materialities and trades in commodities into an opaque and discrete form of technocracy, security, philanthropy and white supremacy.
The Swiss Psychotropic Gold Refining fabulates on commodity trading and refining of gold. Narratives of violence, the access on black bodies, derivative enrichments, psychotropic energies and mutual indebtness molecularise on the high-gloss, tenderly protective metal. Calvinist gold is never shown. It goes through repeated cycles of purification/refinement, processing and remelting – making it suitable for any form of erasing traces and anonymising, as well as the healing of post-/colonial amnesia.

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