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Camp West

Baltensperger + Siepert, 2011
A fictitious occidental organization with terroristic characteristics

 
 

Camp West ist eine fiktive westlich-terroristische Organisation, die vorgab in der Schweiz Mitglieder zu rekrutierte, um sie in einem Camp, auf eine vermeintliche Gefahr durch das Fremde vorzubereiten. Das Werk reflektiert die vermehrt aufkommenden fremdenfeindlichen Verhaltensmuster der westlichen Gesellschaft und untersucht deren Potenzial als Nährboden extremistischen Gedankenguts. Durch partielle Überzeichnung demaskiert Camp West die Funktion der Medien, indem es diese zielgerichtet manipuliert und sie als Generator persönlicher Meinungen benutzt.

Im Zentrum der Ausstellung stehen Kommentare aus dem Internet, welche auf den Plattformen Facebook, Youtube, Tagesanzeiger.ch, 20min.ch und der Camp West Website auf das inszenierte Trainingslager folgten.

Camp West is a fictitious western terrorist organisation which purports to recruit adherents in Switzerland and prepare them to fight a perceived foreign threat. Stefan Baltensperger and David Siepert founded and staged the activities of this dubious organisation in virtual space with the intention of reflecting on the increasing xenophobia in western society and it’s potential as a source of extremist thought. Camp West exposes through partial exaggeration the role of the medium, by deliberately manipulating it and using it to generate personal opinions. As such the project alternates between fiction and reality.


The artwork itself is neither the video nor the exhibition, rather the forum generated by the project. It exists as a collection of comments and reactions to the video as well as the thoughts provoked by the conception of such an organisation. This forum and the comments it contains can be regarded as a mirror for the zeitgeist, giving the piece a contemporary relevance.

 
 

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Images: Camp West Video Stills


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