«The Swiss Psychotropic Gold Refining» – Molecular Listening Session for Knowbotiqs by Nina Bandi & Fred Hystère, Corner College, Zürich, September 2017.
The Swiss Psychotropic Gold Refining – What is your mission?
knowbotiq (Yvonne Wilhelm & Christian Huebler)
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 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 discreet form of technocracy, security, philanthropy and white supremacy.