Shifting Baselines

Shifting Baselines

In a time of neoliberalism, of virtual networks, and of global developments, which are rapidly turning around themselves, studio ASYNCHROME is intensifying the question of the connections between transparency and the resulting changes in the social context.
How can we see? To what extent do we provide ourselves with this visibility? What mechanisms of control / monitoring contribute to this and how does one’s own perception in this regard? How are the past, present and future linked? Who are the current actors and who are the guardians? What is visibility / invisibility? How do we want to define the reference points of our current perception?

The world is upside down. Fences were built, that is no longer enough, a wall has to go. People are being expelled, deported. The last forests are cleared, pipelines contaminate the drinking water, extremists * inside each color ignite bombs … Every day a new horror message. And every day the news from yesterday seems less bad, because today’s are similar, and this state becomes normality. Our reference system adapts to the current state. Shifting Baseline is called this in environmental research. Acquired by sociology, the term describes the phenomenon that the orientation points on which people assess their environment move creepily.

photo by © Alexandra Gschiel

 In the western industrialized countries, democracies were built up, women’s rights gained, boundaries were dismantled, racisms and nationalisms were placed within the limits. But somewhere in the middle of the road the trend has reversed – at least for a part of the population, and this is gaining in power. Eloquent is propagated the return to the port of old hierarchies and apparent collateral. Where the world was still in „order“, all had the same skin color and spoke the same language in a wide range. A manageable world, one understands. With clear power relations, which all have to submit. And the tighter our world threatens to become, the stronger will be the resistance to this creeping dismantling of the already not yet achieved.

In this exhibition, the Schaumbad (bubble bath) deals with the changes in its own environment and collects colleagues from other regions for comparison.

photos and programm of the exhibition: LINK

photo by © Alexandra Gschiel