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What to do if you got lost and the compass on your smartphone went crazy? You carry out a »reset«! How exactly you do this depends on the device and the situation. In any case, you should keep calm and carefully follow the instructions. After all, the compass should be able to receive a signal again.

This exhibition offers you the opportunity to do something similar: to “reset” the instruments that are being sent out by our era in order to be able to record at least a few of the confusing signals. However, what we're trying to recalibrate isn't as simple as a compass. In fact, it is the most opaque projection principle ever used to map the world: modernity.

Modernity was a method that made it possible to distinguish between past and future, north and south, progress and regression, and radical and conservative. But in a time of profound ecological changes, this compass turns wildly in circles without offering much orientation. So it's time to do a reset. Let's pause a moment and use a procedure to look for other sensors that we can use to recalibrate our detectors, our tools. So that we can feel again where we are and where we might want to go.

The exhibition offers a whole range of disorienting / reorienting procedures. However, we do not guarantee anything: it is still an experiment, a thought experiment, a thought exhibition.


Design research & concept development

Critical Media Lab, Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures, Academy of Art and Design FHNW Basel:
Jamie Allen, Claudia Mareis, Moritz Greiner-Petter, Paolo Patelli, Johannes Bruder, Flavia Caviezel, Carola Giannone, Deborah Tchoudjinoff


A book has been published in English for the exhibition: "Reset Modernity!" (The MIT Press, Cambdridge / Mass., 2016).

Press reviews

“In the uncertain times of globalism and a far-reaching ecological crisis, this strange, unconventional exhibition proposed a“ reset ”of the modernist project; In doing so, she has inspired us to redesign the way we think about the world and our relationship to art. "
- Joana Hadjithomas and Kalil Joreige, "Artists' Artists. Best of 2016", in: "Artforum International", December 2016

"You have to imagine this man as a great intellectual who gets on some people's nerves because everything he says is disguised in his theory, which makes unusual suggestions by giving technical artifacts a voice in networks of objects, people , Structures sees a power of action or a parliament of things is established. The theory also gets on the nerves of some because it is diffuse. But Latour is crystal clear and simple when he talks about how unknown we are about what is to come we cold with indifference when the experience of powerlessness takes over? When we feel overwhelmed by responsibility? Are we able to give an answer? "The refugees, good example: All these people were just outside, now they are in the picture. There is no longer outside." - Elisabeth von Thadden, Die Zeit

"Nevertheless, whether it's idiosyncratic or highbrow art or scientific models, you come out of this exhibition - which is intellectually demanding yet still accessibly constructed - almost a bit dazed in rumination. High time to press‘ reset ’." - Noemi Smolik,