THE UNITED NEGOTIATION OF OTHERNESS:
THE OTHER – PAPER NO. 1

“Here, […] we find a Western industrialised model that needs ‘developmental assistance’ against seemingly unquestionable conditions of relating to collective experiences of otherness.

Here, we might learn from ‘the other’ coming from the south or the east. Here, we ask for considering conflicts not only as something that generates division, but in speculating on possible encounters.“* 

Where previously developmental assistance nearly exclusively concerned Western standards of living and economic reasoning in conflict regions of the Global South, the United Negotiation of Otherness (UNO) seeks to support northern ‘underdeveloped’ communities in their struggle with the ‘chaotic’ and ‘primitive’ neglect of otherness. 

Vivien’s master thesis establishes the UNO as a blurred stage between reality and fiction. ‘The Other – Paper No.1’ evaluates on a program framework using embodied practices – from mass protests to artistic interventions – as an entry point and speculates on ways to challenge predominant ‘felling rules’, like anger and rage through empathic resonance. By approaching indirect communication strategies through several new concepts, terms and methods the organisation seeks to challenge the pre- dominant conceptions of division and power relations between ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ on multiple levels – from ‘North’ and ‘South’, ‘Left’ contra ‘Right’, ‘Good’ versus ‘Bad’.

* Excerpt, Introduction: Master Thesis „United Negotiation of Otherness“ by Vivien Tauchmann, June 2018