about love and other politics

about love and other politics – online
Rachel Rosalen and Rafael Marchetti

Werkraum Warteck PP

is a collective project that came up in the middle of the 90’s, based on the experiences of squats and other collaborative spaces in Switzerland and other countries in Europe. More than 40 projects in different studios share concepts about cohabitation, collaboration, collectivism, contamination, process, open space, renovation, responsibility, exchange, heritage and politics, in a permanently temporary open minded project. This situation creates a cloud of concepts around Warteck and an on going flux of events. Werkraum Warteck PP is a creative project, a strong attractor, located in a former beer brewery in Basel.

‘about love and other politics’ is a tagged interview-based database project that started in 2007 in Werkraum Warteck PP.  The construction of a related concept-tag cloud builds up a structure for an event horizon, with Warteck as the attractor, which can be modified by the users’ interventions. About 487 tagged fragments of video statements were organized to be played as a continuous non-linear narrative, always different according to the tags chosen by the public.

23 interviews with people in the house were carried out in order to talk about their personal work, about Warteck itself, about Love and Politics. Are they distinct concepts? Is Love a way to deal with politics? What is understood as ‘Love’ or what does a person understand by this concept? Is it a political position to deal with the world or an emotion to get out of everything? How did the different people drop into this place and what is their attitude towards it? Is it a working/sleeping place or is it a kind of utopia?

‘about love and other politics’ is a dynamic video document,
but it is not a documentary.


2009_open studio Gäestatelier Werkraum Warteck PP, Basel, Switzerland


curator: Martina Siegwolf

collaboration on editing key words and English reviews: Ilse Ermen. 
our special thanks to: Maurits de Wijs, Sandra Suhr and all the people in this house.

supported by
Gäestatelier Werkraum Warteck PP


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