Stop and Go. Nodes of Transformation and Transition

By 7. August 2018research projects
The mobile laboratory, a Ford Transit, in conversation with ‚fellows‘ in the queue at the Serbian-Bulgarian border
ⓒ Photo: Hieslmair & Zinganel, 2015

Stop and Go. Nodes of Transformation and Transition focuses its research on the transformation of the informal hubs, nodes and terminals at the “PAN-European corridors” in Eastern Europe and Vienna that emerged parallel to the increase in traffic volume after the fall of Communism and moreover their impact on the public realm at the margins and even in the core of the cities.

When increasing numbers of people are obliged to spend increasing amounts of time in transit, when their vehicles serve increasingly as a form of personal shelter or home, then transition nodes along their primary route – where exchange between the actors en route happens – acquire ever-greater significance. The alternative models of urbanism that ensue from the paradigmatic shift at these spaces, are shaped by polyrhythmic densifications and the continual performance of difference such as also increasingly inform our everyday lives.

Stop and Go. Nodes of Transformation and Transition was a research project at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies funded by Public Spaces in Transition—Call 2013 within the framework of the funding program ‘Social Sciences and Humanities in Vienna’ of WWTF Vienna Science and Technology Fund. Principal Investigators: Michael Hieslmair and Michael Zinganel. International Partners: Emiliya Karaboeva, Sofia; Tarmo Pikner, Tallinn University, Estonian Institute of Humanities.

For a comprehensive documentation of the project pls. also see:
JAR. Journal for Artistic Research, Issue 14