The Concept.

The future isn’t looking hopeful. Climate change, peak oil, mass migration, wars in the Arabworld and beyond, destabilisation within Europe, financial instability, the rise of nationalism and the erosion of human rights.

It’s difficult to look into the future without fear.


J & J feel that culture can play a significant role in changing this narrative. As artists we believe in creativity, that people need a space for shared creativity, and that during a time of fear there is very little space for this. Two issues are therefore central: how do we deal with fear, understand its causes and effects on us?; and, how can we create a space for potential, a space for hope?

With these goals they intend firstly to created a process that imagines what culture could do to bring about hope, and then secondly attempt introduce a ‘Culture of Hope’ as a right for everyone resident in Switzerland. Through this new paragraph within the Swiss constitution, J & J want to give Swiss residents a space for potential and a tool to demand their right to hope.  A right residents can be referred to when developing new ideas – or when they want to fight the politics of fear and initiatives that go against human rights!

In short: Everyone resident in Switzerland should have the right to a culture of hope (therefore we ban the politics of fear).

What happens next?

J & J have begun to ignite a national and international conversation around what hope may be and what a culture of hope can do, rather than defining hope themselves. Through two formats, Tender Provocations of Hope and Fear and Space for Hope, J & J are facilitating events that bring together a diverse range of voices to discuss fear and hope, and create a basis for a legal definition. Drawing J & J’s different practices to create both a form of art and a discussion, wit events will fuse talks, provocations, performances, large group discussions, inter-community exchange and an archive where people can donate hope.

All of participants will become witnesses to hope and thereby underline the importance of a culture of hope. As the project evolves the work will create an ‘Archive of Hope’ containing its performances, interventions, talks, exchange, drawings, videos, spaces, songs, smells and dances. This will both generate proof of the importance of hope and also be an uncommon way of participating in direct democracy.

These goals sound grand – J & J want to start small and take our time to engage people.