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In the final part of the tetralogy Staat 1–4, Rimini Protokoll uses the example of the World Economic Forum in Davos to look at a series of recurring, privately organized, global meetings of the world’s elite who, in their intense and select gatherings, aim to control the fates of the future as well as relationships of ownership and power.
Once every year, those in political power meet with the CEOs of the most important corporations in the small town of Davos in the Swiss Alps for the World Economic Forum (WEF). The forum is “committed to improving the state of the world.” However, participation in this elitist annual meeting – sponsored and organized by a private foundation – is only possible on invitation and after payment of a hefty conference fee. Sealed off politically and militarily and observed by countless journalists, this spectacle of the elites takes place outside of any state or civil society control or regulation.
This examination is set at the Schauspielhaus Zürich, not far from the Zürich Kloten Airport, which, during the World Economic Forum, becomes the parking lot of the private jets of the VIPs who take helicopters from here to Davos.