22. Juli 2014
Invitation to the presentation
of the comparative urban research project
The project STOP and GO (2014-2016) investigates how the vast variety of mobility streams (from high class ex-patriots to illegal immigrant, and from logistic companies to smugglers), contributes to the physical and social production of important official and informal nodes and hubs (at border stations, service areas, and markets) alongside the pan European traffic corridors in a geographical triangle between Vienna, the border region between Bulgaria and Turkey, and the wider Tallinn area. Depending on the rhythms of mobility, these nodes might change from non-places to intimate spaces and altogether they might represent a meta-network of polyrhythmic urban ensembles, depending on each other, on political governing, and on the performance of individuals, doing with space.
with Michael Zinganel and Michael Hieslmair (Architects, Artists, and Curators, Tracing Spaces and Academy of Fine Arts Vienna), and Tarmo Pikner (Geographer, Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn)
hosted by Linnalabor
and an Open workshop related to the wider area of Tallin about
(please see the description of the workshop below)
Direct contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell phone: +43/650/6915388
Nodes and hubs alongside major traffic corridors – where traffic comes to halt and exchange between actors en route happens – represent new forms of urbanity and public space where both individual’s routes, routines and rituals, political transitions and urban transformations can be explored.
When increasing numbers of people are obliged to spend increasing amounts of time in transit then transition nodes, hubs and terminals along their primary route – where exchange between the actors en route happens – acquire ever-greater significance. If we follow Henry Lefebvre’s thesis that urbanity is no more defined by density but by the degree of difference performed at specific places then these nodes paradigmatically represent new forms of urbanity and public space. What remained largely unexplored in their investigation so far was emphasising at these nodes as polyrhythmic ensembles, linked to their temporal adaptability – reacting on daily, weekly and seasonal rhythms of traffic flows – as well as their interdependence of one another.
The authors will present the theoretical framework and the methods developed during preceding art based research projects emphasizing on nodes of mobility and migration as well as the concept of their current project comparing three nodes arranged in a triangle Vienna (AT) – Ruse (BG) – Tallinn (EST). Using a transporter van, that also serves as a mobile laboratory storing artistic artefacts, comics, and maps, each of which representations of preliminary research that serve as a trigger for episodic in-situ interviews they will generate forms of knowledge that will later be transformed into large scale art installations on site (and in art institutions nearby).
The goal will be to develop a networked “cartography” of hubs and routes that displays both supranational developments and individual experiences of mobile actors as well as the impact of both on urban transformations.
We therefore also seek for potential collaborators, both from the fields of activism, art, humanities, and planning, for sharing knowledge and presenting works both on route and in our lab in Vienna.
For more details please visit our project website
In this mapping workshop participants will trace and depict individual experiences at specific nodes and hubs of transnational mobility and migration. Findings will be transformed into a spatial cartography – first in the lab and then exhibited on site at one of most significant nodes in Tallinn.
Through a series of public workshops participants will trace and depict both policing and individual experiences at specific nodes and hubs of transnational mobility and migration in and around the places they live in or encounter on route.
In a first step participants are asked to co-develop an extensive two- and partly three-dimensional mapping, augmented with various sorts of texts, comic-style drawings, photos and narrative audio tracks. Based on their own experience, the experience of friends and relatives, and knowledge gained from fine arts, science and mass media they will create a striding geographic and spatial cartography, a walkable globe with corners and edges, permeated by a network of paths, with Tallinn as its centre.
In a second step participants will select the most promising nodes in and around Tallinn and investigate the place-making on site, using a mix of scientific and artistic methods: e.g. artistic artefacts, comics, and maps, each of which representations of preliminary research that serve as a trigger for episodic in-situ interviews. Generated forms of knowledge about place-making will be transformed into large scale art installations on site.
For more information please see:
Cityworks – Spielart Festival Munich (2013) and MAK-Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles (2014)
Festival “Exit and Dead Ends”, Austria (2007)
Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (2009)
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