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.
The Swiss Psychotropic Gold Refining / Plovdiv
Fold 1 of Digital Ecologies: a project in two folds
27 July to 05 September 2018
Plovdiv, Bulgaria: Center for Contemporary Art ‘Ancient Bath’ (6th September Str. 179) and former tobacco warehouse SKLAD (Ekzarh Yosif Str. 16).
The Swiss Psychotropic Gold Refining
HD video, 21:13 min, © knowbotiq 2018
Concept, realisation, montage/animation: knowbotiq
Script: Nina Bandi (Script: A Molecular Listening Session mit Fred Hystère und Nina Bandi), knowbotiq
Sound: DJ Fred Hystère, knowbotiq
Voices: Nina Bandi, Sally Schoenfeldt, Jord/ana Rosenberg, Romy Rüegger, Paolo Caffoni, Stef Huber, u.a.
with quotes from: Karen Barad, Jakob Tanner, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Rohit Jain, Audre Lord, Paul B. Preciado, Michael Taussig, Imelda Marcos, Gloria Wecker, Paul Wilmott, Nina Simone, Junglepussy u.a.
Performer: Teresa Vittucci
Thanks to: ifcar, ZHdK Zurich, DRAFT/Christoph Schenker, Gitanjali Dang, Rohit Jain, Dimitrina Sevova, Anna Frei, u.a.