Cornelia Sollfrank on Mon, 13 Jan 2003 16:52:17 +0100 (CET)

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[oldboys] Geography and the Politics of Mobility

Geography and the Politics of Mobility  
Bureau d’études | Frontera Sur RRVT | Makrolab | multiplicity | Raqs Media Collective 

 January 17 trough April 27, 2003 
 Generali Foundation 
 Wiedner Hauptstrasse 15 
 1040 Vienna 
 Phone (+43 1) 504 98 80 
 Fax (+43 1 ) 504 98 83
 Image: Bangkok Skytrain, Ursula Biemann, 2001 
  Geography and the Politics of Mobility 
 Bureau d’études | Frontera Sur RRVT | Makrolab | multiplicity | Raqs Media Collective 

 The exhibition presents five collective and recently produced art projects to examine the concept of “geography” in a way that goes beyond its geo-scientific definition. The increasing circulation of people, goods, and data is creating new cultural, social, and virtual landscapes that inscribe themselves materially in the terrain. Here, geography is seen as a model of thought for concepts of boundaries, connectivity and transgression within society. The exhibition takes a critical look at an increasingly consolidated Europe as well as its borders and at the same time presents emerging formations of artistic and activist “geographies”. 

 Makrolab is a temporary, autonomous art-science laboratory initiated by the Slovenian artist Marko Peljhan. It provides changing participants with means to listen into data from around the world under isolated conditions. So far this nomadic research and residential unit has been stationed at Documenta X in Kassel, in Slovenia, on Rottnest Island in Australia, and in the Scottish highlands. 

 The project group Frontera Sur RRVT examines the Spanish-Moroccan border as an area for mobility motivated by various causes. A complex system of forces has emerged there that raises questions of gender, ethnic filters and debates about migration and labor. 

 The multi-video work A/S/L (Age/Sex/Location) by Raqs Media Collective from Delhi maps the “time geography” of shifting identities in the New Economy. It addresses the gendered conditions of the new data outsourcing agent: the online working woman, who is the quintessential “digital proletarian” of the 21st century. 

 The artist duo Bureau d'études from Paris conceives gigantic maps that disclose an increasingly interconnected network of data-gathering systems involving the military, energy and biochemical sectors as well as the entertainment, information and social surveillance systems. Their pictographic installation World Monitoring Atlas transfers the “politics of space” to an abstract level. 

 The Milan based collective multiplicity proposes Case 01 and 02 of their ongoing Solid Sea project on the nature of the Mediterranean and the fluxes that cross it. While Europe reformulates its borders, multiplicity presents the Mediterranean as a solid space that is traversed by vessels and individuals holding different statuses. 

 A publication in German and English will accompany the exhibition. It will contain a foreword by Dieter Karner, an editorial by Sabine Breitwieser, and texts by Ursula Biemann, Brian Holmes, Lisa Parks, Irit Rogoff, and the artists. 

 For further information please go to: <> 
 Press office: Susanne Buder (+43 1) 504 98 80 ext. 24, 
 Artistic and Managing Director: Dr. Sabine Breitwieser

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