Notational System on Neutral Background

Olivia Abächerli

"Notational System on Neutral Background" evolves from expanded ongoing research on problematic entanglements of Swiss economic policies. Swiss mythologies and self-identifications of neutrality and innocence still (partly) persist when it comes to discussions of colonial histories and racism. Strong economic involvements, be it in the transatlantic slave trade, or, more recently, human rights violations on behalf of global corporations, have been overlooked. This research focuses on such global involvements, and asks how Swiss policymaking is involved. In developing an index or cartographic vocabulary, I aim to transform sheer information into readable diagrams, maps, calendars, or network structures. This vocabulary helps render complex facts visually accessible, and makes the said entanglements clearer in terms of structure, form, pattern and rootedness within the system.   

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