Dealing with Fear

The online publication assembles the results and outcomes of the multi-disciplinary and long-term project »Dealing with Fear,« undertaken by Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart within the years 2007 to 2009.

The overall aim was to trigger a debate that would not necessarily provide efficient answers to practical questions, but create a space for reflection whose results could give insight into various understandings of the term »fear« and the idea of »dealing with fear.« The project comprised two international symposia, a group exhibition, and the so called 52-hour-lab, a weekend full of performances, workshops, one-on-one meetings, etc. dedicated to analyzing, discussing, articulating the different variations, languages, and expressions of fear.

The cross-disciplinary exploration involved specialists in various fields of the arts, humanities, sciences, and the business world. During the process of artistic practice, scientific research, and the common dialog on the notion of fear, the view on the thematic turned from a cultural and historic perspective on threat and fear as Angst or Furcht into a positive understanding of fear in terms of productivity for change and attempts to shape the future. »Dealing with Fear« was initiated as a central topic by Solitude’s jury chairperson Philip Ursprung.

The publication is comprised of 50 contributions including scientific essays, abstracts, poetic texts, manuscripts, numerous video, audio, and PDF files.