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Граници: Ръководство за употреба

Borders: a User Manual

Being cultural constructions, borders evolve and multiply with the evolution of human society. New techniques of communication or political control create new divisions, exclusions, but also new forms or resistance, escape and mobility.
The global era has been falsely imagined as a process of inevitable homogenization of humanity; in fact, in speeding up cultural dynamics, it brought about the multiplication of borders and much more intensive clashes between ‘us’ and ‘them’. The traditional vision of integrated, absolute borders inherited from the classical nation state and more so, from the Cold war seems to contribute to such misunderstanding: in the contemporary world borders tend to break up and become partial, the cultural framework being dissociated from political, the economic from the humanitarian, etc. This situation is often interpreted as a state of absolute freedom of movement, nevertheless partial restrictions are still restrictions and the migrant flows around the planet do not necessarily have more citizen’s rights than the former inhabitants of the nation-state. On the contrary: social scientists have observed that displaced people tend to have lower citizenship standards, that they are docile, ready to do anything, at any price. Part of the problem may be due to the compexifying of the world, where territories overlap, borders multiply, laws are replaced by temporary arrangements and ambiguous cultural differences.
The project consists in juxtaposing different approaches towards the proliferation of new partial borders in discussing the role of new media and virtuality, satellite communications and surveillance, human flows and the metamorphoses of the sense of belonging and identity. The label of ‘intellectual festival’ has been chosen to suggest the juxtaposition of different approaches and expressions: on one side academic discourse from the domain of social and cultural studies, on the other film and visual arts, addressing a larger audience. The geographical focus of the event will be the crossroad Balkan area, traditionally over-saturated with borders that are being reshuffled today by new forms of mobility and communications.


Ivaylo Ditchev

Граници. Свиленград: BG/GR/TR

 

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Гранични пейзажи

Пейзажи от едно пътуване около границата.
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What does globalization look like? Presentation by Luchezar Boyadjiev (Sofia)

What does globalization look like? 

22.05.2009, Friday, 18:00 - 18:50

The presentation and talk will explore the notion of urban visuality in the era of globalization. Though in fact some analysts claim that a process of de-globalization has actually started in recent months, the urban interface of cities all over the world displays similar features of how global processes in economy and ways of life are being configured for local consumption - visual and otherwise. Based on some of my works from the last 3-5 years, such as "Billboard Heaven" (2006-2009), "Don't mess with my Tutu!" (2008-2009), "Double Take(s) - interfacing cities" (2006-2009), and "At night all squares are Red: Moscow - a brave new world", (2007) among others, the talk will make a notional case for the visual melt-down of borders on the level of urban environments.   


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