Borders and Territories: Identity in Place

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Borders and Territories: Identity in Place aims to examine new spatial, geopolitical and cultural possibilities related to nations and people on our globe. In this discourse, ANCB considers identity as a spatial problem caught between territorial claims and today’s global dynamics. Concepts of dividing and connecting are vital to address the question what is or makes territories that are defined (1) physically-politically, (2) by culture and ways of thinking and (3) by common interests such as economy. This includes the inve stigation of borders of different qualities – from physical divisions, “rurban” situations and political frontiers of countries and states to invisible boundaries between disciplines and social or cultural borders. We will also ask how the less quantifiable aspects of perception and heritage of place, including narrative, memory and the transit space of the border itself, might be interpreted and reflected. By crossing the “border” to various disciplines the programme aims to stimulate a discourse on the evaluation of space and its political and social dimensions.

This first event will serve as an introduction to the programme. To display the full scope of the current development with regards to territories, cultural borders, identities and geopolitical corridors, protagonists from different disciplines will discuss key aspects of their motivation, work and positions.


Welcome and Introduction
Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Director, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin
Lukas Feireiss, Director „Radical Cut-Up“ Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam

Theo Deutinger, Architect, Author of Handbook of Tyranny, Salzburg/Amsterdam
‘Handbook of Tyranny’ portrays the routine cruelties of the twenty-first century through a series of detailed non-fictional graphic illustrations. None of these cruelties represent extraordinary violence – they reflect day-to-day implementation of laws and regulations around the globe.
Ai Weiwei, Artist, Berlin
Ai Weiwei’s film ‘Human Flow’ gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. In his project ‘Good fences make good neighbors’, the artist uses architecture and sculpture to jostl e New Yo rkers into recognition of the current sociopolitical environment, both locally and abroad.
Annett Zinsmeister, Artist, Berlin
In her work, Annett Zinsmeister focuses on the intersection of art, architecture, and cultural studies. She creates large-scale installations, conceptual and built spaces, photography, drawings, films and collages as well as texts.


Lukas Feireiss, Director „Radical Cut-Up“ Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam