Architecture of Fear, Z33 Hasselt

October 2 - December 31, 2011

Bureau D'Etudes
De Geuzen
Floris Douma
Laurent Grasso
Ilkka Halso
Susanna Hertrich
Charlotte Lybeer
Jill Magid
Jennifer and Kevin McCoy
Tracey Moffatt
Trevor Paglen
Marie Sester
Kin Wah Tsang
Els Vanden Meersch.

Architecture of Fear explores how feelings of fear pervade daily life in the contemporary media society. The cause of fear seems interchangeable and constantly fluctuating. Shifting from one thing to the next, often relating to invisible or indirect phenomena’s (terrorism, viral diseases, pollution, financial crisis), anything has the ability to become a potential threat. Rather than an immediate emotional strategy for survival fear is becoming a constant low level feeling in the background that gives rise to a new global infrastructure based on security, prevention and risk-management.

Architecture of Fear brings together a selection of international artists and designers that reflect in different ways on the society of fear, ranging from registration and critical research, to exploring its emotional, social and spatial mechanisms.