Swiss culture must be defended!
Luzia Hürzeler, Sibylle Omlin, Wendy Shaw and Raphael Urweider debate nationalism, protectionism and the arts
15 March 2012, 19h
Galerie Béatrice Brunner
This debate takes place in the context of Jacqueline Baum and Ursula Jakob’s exhibition Muttersprache – Vaterland at the gallery.
Four cultural experts in two opposing teams debate and discuss a motion that they have been assigned. Each participant has been given a position opposing or defending the motion, and each has five minutes to argue their case uninterrupted. Thereafter the speakers challenge each other, and the audience may in turn question the speakers. The event ends with a vote for the more persuasive team.
This is a forum for discussing culture where the unspeakable may be said. Each speaker must play his or her assigned role, regardless of whether they agree or not. Speakers benefit from temporary immunity: what they say during the debate is not necessarily their opinion and they cannot be held to their word afterwards.
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