Anti-migrant ‘NATO barbed wire’ creates controversy at Vienna trade show (VIDEO)
The shiny barbed wire displayed by ‘Happy Homes’ on Saturday promised to deliver both peace of mind and style, with two models of wire available. The standard ‘Schengen’ wire for €50 per meter, and the more luxurious, gold-plated ‘Secession’ line at €250 per meter.
The wires come with an added electric shock function, which Happy Homes representative Peter Tappler warned is “a bit sketchy.”
“You need to do that bit in secret, so that you don't get into conflict with the law,” he explained. “Especially if somebody is touching it, a fatality could occur. In this case, you need to take care of the difficulties yourself."
Trade show attendees were asked to comment on the new product, with some appearing open to the idea.
"This sounds very interesting. But it is also looks very luxurious,” said Katharina Hormann. Another attendee, Peter, wasn’t so sure though, describing the fence as being “a bit too rough” and “too brutal,” while also comparing it to looking “a bit like a prison.”
Peter need not have worried, as the barbed wire display is, in fact, an elaborate social experiment created by actors wishing to gauge people’s reaction to the imagined product.
Tappler, who posed as the Happy Home representative is an actor from the Austrian theater group Stahlglatt & Blumeenweich, who even created a website as part of the performance.
"We are doing this, because we want to continue the discourse about security-technology and the calls for higher security,” he explained. “We want to find out how visitors of this exhibition react to such offer. This offer is absolutely fictitious. The offer in reality does not exist. But if somebody really wants to have it, we will do it."