Question after question

Wer bin ich?

Is it possible to know who we are? Some questions have no real answers, which is precisely why they are important – as a permanent driving force and challenge for us. Once we stop asking them, we’re already lost. This is the point of departure for Wer bin ich? (who am I?). It confronts us with the big as well as the small questions of life, using a mirror that you won’t find in any home on this planet.

The exhibition building looks like a huge mound of earth from the outside. Several layers are clearly visible, including the sedimentation rings that measure the onward march of time. But once you are inside, the heaviness of the earth mass is no longer apparent. The room seems to be endless, a place for playful encounters with yourself and others. The dim lighting swallows up the bodies and shadows of those who enter. Twelve catwalks lead across the mirror-like expanses of water to the middle of the building, where you are literally under the open sky. If you lie down, you will find yourself in a world of questions – some amusing, others serious, ironic and piercing. Suddenly, high up towards the roof, something larger than life starts to fly around and then merges into a whole array of images and sounds on one of the world's biggest film screens – it’s your own self taking its place in a community, in a finite universe of space and time.


Visitor capacity per day

Total visitors

Floor surface: 1'450 m2
Projection area: 1'200 m2
Water surface: 1'000 m2
Island and footbridges: 550 m2
Facade painting: 2'700 m2

Swiss Confederation

Nikon Schweiz AG, Küsnacht 
Tempur Schweiz AG, Rothrist 

Overall project management Confederation
Fred Nyffeler

Project management
Techdata AG (Daniel Dorsaz), Berne 

Federal Department of Home Affairs (Lead)
Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications

Concept and realisation
Jacqueline Burckhardt
Isa Stürm Urs Wolf SA, Zurich 

Isa Stürm Urs Wolf SA, Zurich 

Image and animation
Laurie Anderson
Anders Guggisberg (Assistance)
Stephen Jablonsky (Assistance)
Davide Legittimo (Assistance)
Marc Schwarz (Assistance)

School of Visual Arts, New York, Vereinigte Staaten 
Eidg. Forschungsanstalt für Wald, Schnee und Landschaft, Birmensdorf 

Laurie Anderson

Sound engineering
Carsten Schuffert

Danielle Dreier
Matthias Georg
Pia Hermann
Sacha Kohler
Anita Moser
Kurt Zihlmann
Sissi Zöbeli

Questions and texts
Sibylle Berg
and others

Responsible for federal projects Expo.02
Lisa Humbert-Droz

Coaching Expo.02
Sergio Cavero (Head)
Gilles Roulin

Operations Management
Christine Süssmann (Operations Manager)
Daniel Furrer (Operations Manager)

Benno Frauchiger

Photos: © Jürg Frei: © Simon Richard; © Philipp Zanatta; Pressedossier Wer bin ich?; Panorama Tour; DVD Generation.02; © Nüssli (Schweiz) AG, Hüttwilen,; © Isa Stürm Urs Wolf SA, Zurich