Stop and Go. Book-Launch

By 17. November 2019publications, research projects

Di, 12.12., 19:00 | Thursday, December 12, 7 pm

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Augasse 2–6, 1090 Vienna, IKA Forum 1.17 a

Performative Lecture by Michael Zinganel & Michael Hieslmair, Tracing Spaces, Co-Editors. Respondent: Regina Bittner, Urban Anthropologist, Head of Academy Department and Deputy Director of Bauhaus Dessau. Moderator: Angelika Schnell, Professor and Head of the Plattform History | Theory | Criticism (HTC) at IKA

Welcoming words: Ingeborg Erhart, Vice Rector for Arts and Teaching. Andreas Spiegl, Institute for Art History and Cultural Studies. Michael Strassnig, WWTF – Vienna Science, Research and Technology Fund

Illustrations and pages from the book, representing a mobile, multi-local ethno- and cartography, constantly changing between macro- and micro-political points of view, investigating the transformation of everyday life, along important road traffic corridors connecting the former East and West of Europe © Hieslmair/ Zinganel, 2019

Stop and Go: Nodes of Transformation and Transition was a research project by architect and artist Michael Hieslmair and cultural historian Michael Zinganel from Vienna in collaboration with geographer Tarmo Pikner from Tallinn and historian and anthropologist Emiliya Karaboeva from Sofia. The project was hosted by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and funded by the 2013 WWTF call Public Spaces in Transition.

The project focused on the transformation of hubs and terminals as well as formal and informal nodes along the network of pan-European road transport corridors connecting the former East and West of Europe.

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.

This book presents several trans-disciplinary case studies in the geographical triangle between Vienna, Tallinn and Helsinki and the Bulgarian-Turkish border. Each contribution investigates how differently the networks and temporary habitats of highly mobile actors along these road corridors – both in the posturban intermediate zones and in the city centers – have undergone and continue to undergo significant changes before and after the fall of the Iron Curtain, the enlargement of the EU, and the re-expansion of transport infrastructure.

The mobile laboratory, a Ford Transit, in conversation with ‚fellows‘ in the queue at the Serbian-Bulgarian border
ⓒ Photo: Hieslmair & Zinganel, 2015

The publication with contributions by Johanna Kandl, Emiliya Karaboeva, Sonia Leimer, Juan Moreno, Katarzyna Osiecka, Tarmo Pikner, Tatjana Vukosavljević, Michael Hieslmair & Michael Zinganel

in available at Sternberg press

For a preview pls. see this PDF (3.5 MB): Book_Preview

An Open Access version is available here

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