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The Jemand Society project takes its inspiration from the novel “The Machine Age: Future Lectures About Our Time” published in 1889 by the Nobel laureate Bertha von Suttner (1843 in Prague - 1914 in Vienna).

In 1905, writer and peace researcher Bertha von Suttner became the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In addition to her struggle for global peace, Suttner was a convinced citizen of the world who firmly rejected nationalism and xenophobia. She was a thought leader for the United Nations and a pioneer of the women's movement. 

As a writer, Suttner used several pseudonyms - and for good reasons, as she knew all too well the prejudices and ignorance against female authors. She wished to disguise her gender, so her books would be read and taken seriously by those in power. 

Her book “Das Maschinenalter: Zukunftsvorlesungen über unsere Zeit” (“The Machine Age: Future Lectures About Our Time''), published in 1889 under the pseudonym “Jemand” (from German, meaning “someone”), deals with philosophical, social and political themes of her time. The action of “The Machine Age” takes place in a fictitious future in which the narrator takes a critical look back to the end of the 19th century and gives a series of lectures - Zukunftsvorlesungen - on the conditions and struggles of that time.  

Looking back from a distant future can help reflect and gain insight on destructive elements of society that hinder brighter prospects for the times ahead. Following this idea, the artistic projects of the Jemand Society reflect on different topical subjects of today while looking from future perspectives. Speculating about the topics of gender and beauty, genetics and economies, archives and memory, the artists question the status-quo and their origins.

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