“Origin” Project

Violence and toxic ideas can be viral

The levels of violence we are experiencing today are exaggerated, anachronistic and absurd. Most of the violence has its origins in dogmas and in the way we build our belief system (ideology). All this leads us to think that the real battle has always been in our brains.

Therefore, we must work in education to create a new global culture. This means reviewing our values: Power relations vs. reciprocity, competition vs. cooperation, individualism vs. community, discrimination vs. unconditional social acceptance, meritocracy vs. egalitarian relations. In “Origin” I would like to discuss these topics and give people interesting information to help them form their own opinions.

“Origin” infocomic project

The idea started as an animated documentary film project and has evolved into an infocomic book. Inspired in the investigations of neuroscientists,  economists and social thinkers, “Origin” combines images and text to dig into the roots of violence, revealing how it is a structural problem that lies in the foundational ideas of our culture.

I estimate that the book will have 120 pages, divided into about 8 chapters.  The analysis begins in prehistory and goes through important historical moments from the first civilizations to the present. I would like to create a hybrid work in which I would like to present scientific information in a didactic way and on the other hand think about such topics through small biographies.

Origin Animated documentary film project

Some interviews from my research process

Excerpts from the Interview with Ueli Mäder.

Language: German

Excerpts from the Interview with Daniele Ganser

In German with english subtitles.

Origin Crowdfunding campaign

«Origin» is an animated documentary short film about the origins of violence. The film essay strives to objectively present solid, well researched and convincing information and interrelations. At the same time the main task of the film will entail the creation of appealing and convincing metaphorical images

Background and Intention

Violence is an omnipresent topic that concerns all of us directly or indirectly. Wars, amok runs, terrorism, suicide, domestic violence, murder, genocide, rape, social marginalisation have become, via mass media channels, our daily news. While the spiral of violence increases we often do not find an explana­tion of its cause. How does human violence function? Is violence a structural problem of our global culture?

To understand why all this is happening we need to understand how our human brain has evolved and to dig deep into the roots of our cultural habits and our notion of civilization.

In this film I would like to critically point out some socially and culturally accepted misconceptions about violence and raise important questions about the sense and nature of our economical, political and social system as a whole and within the context of our global economy. With means of film, «Origin» is looking for new aspects, paradoxes and insights about the phenomenon of violence.

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Video teaser for crowdfunding Campaign

The crowdfunding campaign for “Origin” just finished succesfully!!!. I want to thank most sincerely everyone who contributed to the cause in anyway. I’m very glad to be able to work in this project from May. Check out the video and the link for more information.