Die Alpen sind hohl
by Isabelle Weber
Helvetia is a tired, exhausted ideology. This experimental short film follows the protagonist in game-like manner through Alpine myths into the inner core of the mountains. Here, a wormy defense-system winds its way through the thick stone: the Alps are hollow. This project takes the Réduit national as a starting point for a feminist, anti-nationalist, and postcolonial examination of Switzerland’s ideology and nationalism, asking about the ideas that are preserved through the upkeep of such infrastructures. The metaphor of the hollow is at the core of the film’s exploration on raw mineral trade, tradition, prosperity, neutrality, and responsibility
Isabelle Weber (she/her) works with video, CGI, installation, sculpture and performance. Her art practice researches geopolitical circumstances and wealth-distribution in relation to raw materials, resource extraction, technical devices and digitality. Her current project “Die Alpen sind hohl” takes the Réduit national as a starting point for a feminist, anti-nationalist, and postcolonial examination of Switzerland’s ideologies. She works as a freelance artist and is curating and organizing in the art space KEINRAUM.