The exhibition The Mountain of Advanced Dreams presents the results of the eponymous research-based project developed by the Italian artist collective Mali Weil as well as a video work by Swiss artist Luzia Hürzeler. The exhibited artworks enter into a stimulating dialogue with the history, architecture and the permanent collection of Thun Castle.
Departing from an analysis of the relationship between humans and wolves and its significance as a prototypical model for humanity’s relationship with nature in the Anthropocene, The Mountain of Advanced Dreams critically focuses on the so-called ‘interspecies diplomacy’ – i.e. on the abilities and possibilities that human beings have to imagine and manage different relationships with other living creatures. Through a fictional narrative and a speculative approach, the project activates the audience’s imagination and projects it into a hypothetical and desirable future where interspecies diplomacy is a core human value that is taught and practised from childhood.
The Mountain of Advanced Dreams enables the public to imagine a world that is not only utopian but arguably attainable, in which interspecies diplomacy and a cosmopolitan, respectful and intercultural attitude are prerequisites for any socio-political action based on interaction with other living beings.
Curated by Dr Valentina Locatelli from art+château