Bernhard Lenger (OS)

Culture of Fear

The term Culture of Fear is the concept of introducing fear into the general public to achieve political power and goals through emotional bias. If you believe it, everything points at our inevitable death. Which makes it now once more the time to talk about fear it self and to understand that the emotion is a part of ourselves which we should embrace and be aware of. Fear should become an accepted part of our life so when we understand it, we can prevent that people use it to cause harm or manipulate us. Culture of Fear is an interactive installation, which reacts on fear itself. It experiments with the possible imaginary threat and how our mind is getting influenced through politicians and media. The installation interacts with our body through measuring physiological changes and translating them into interaction and movement. It lets us experiment with our own fear and how an object can become a mediator of emotion. Interaction based on empathy rather then on force.

Bernhard Lenger is one of the three winners of the STRP Award for Creative Technology (ACT), a new European prize that encourages the merging of innovative powers. The jury sees his Culture of Fear as an “extremely urgent and strong concept, full of current affairs value and social impact”.