The Art of a Culture of Hope (1)

/ Tender Provocations of Hope and Fear

J&J (Jessica Huber/ James Leadbitter)

Hope dwindles when we take a look at the future: climate catastrophes, peak oil, wars, migration, financial uncertainty, nationalism, attacks on human rights, fighting fear through drones and bombes.
J&J refuse to be ruled by a policy of fear. Therefore, they start a long term exploration of our value system: they initiate a dialogue about fear and ask where there is hope, or, in other words, where there is room for the potential of our society. Based on this dialogue they create the «Archive of Hope». Later, and with YOUR support, they will propose a law that they want to pass into the Swiss Constitution per political initiative: a law that guarantees a culture of hope for Switzerland.

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, no matter how it turns out.
Vaclav Havel

Tender Provocations of Hope and Fear

This evening is the first public event presented in the context of this project and brings together performances, lectures and project presentations about experiences with fear and/or hope. Kim Noble is worried about hope. Fear fills his body when he thinks about hope, since it is that kind of hope he cannot bear. The contribution by Christian Reverend Janet Hephzibah Ashton is about the ambiguity she feels when she preaches that hope is always present through God’s all-encompassing love but is challenged to see hope in her private life where her daughter suffers from an illness. Jeremy Wade presents the character of «The Battlefield Nurse», a prostitute, healer and midwife for the dying who practices a bewitched, self-empowering, scary version of care. the vacuum cleaner talks about his experience with an allegedly hopeless, fearful place: the security unit of a psychiatric hospital for mentally ill delinquents– he hopes to be able to speak about it. Furthermore, there are contributions by Alina Dheere Babaletsos, Fai Baba (guitar and voice) & Domi Chansorn (drums) and many more.

→ In German and in English with live translation, also into sign language

Additional contributions will be posted early June at and at



Price: Pay What You Can*

*To make this event financially accessible to as many as possible, you are invited to pay what you can afford for tickets. As a guide tickets for other events at Gessnerallee are 16CHF.

17 Fri Gessnerallee