The Art of Bordering, MAXXI, Rome, 24 – 26 Octobre 2014

MAXXI, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts

The Art of Bordering: Economies, Performances and Technologies of Migration Control

The Art of Bordering is an art-science event merging an academic conference and an exhibition in order to discuss the material and symbolic construction of the Mediterranean as a border zone, the governance and politicization of migration control, the strategies of adaptation, contestation and subversion of “Fortress Europe” developed by migrants and European citizens.

Photos : Myriam Boyer

During three days, Italian, French, German, and British academics, journalists and artists debate how new technologies, geopolitical conflicts and socio-economic inequalities have transformed both migration flows and the material, political and symbolic dimensions of borders in the 21st century.

The Art of Bordering will compare the different and overlapping ways in which art, technology and the social sciences address contemporary bordering dynamics. This strategic comparison aims to highlight the different and interrelated ways in which borders have become strategic places for the performance and observation of the symbolic representations, political agencies and governmental techniques at work in contemporary neoliberal societies.

By enabling discussions between academics, artists and the public, this conference/exhibition will facilitate the exchange between the different approaches, tools and devices through which border processes may be represented, deciphered and deconstructed. The debates, links, quotations, transfers and exemplifications, will also help problematizing the boundaries existing between these fields of knowledge and practice.

A project of the MAXXI, the Institut Français d’Italie and the IREMAM (Aix Marseille Université), organized by Cédric Parizot, Filippo Celata, Raffaella Coletti, Heidrun Friese, Nicola Mai, Alessio Rosati, Benoit Tadié, Antoine Vion.

Art curator: Isabelle Arvers

Coordination: Clémentine Verschave

In partnership with the LabexMed program (Aix-Marseille Université, Fondation A*MIDEX), Dipartimento MEMOTEF (La Sapienza), le Laboratoire de Sociologie du Travail (CNRS, Aix Marseille Université), Laboratoire Méditerranéen de Sociologie (CNRS, Aix Marseille Université), Temps, Espaces, Langages, Europe Méridionale – Méditerranée (CNRS, Aix Marseille Université), Ecole Supérieure d’Art d’Aix en Provence, PACTE (CNRS ; Université de Grenoble), Alliance Athena


> lire les résumés des interventions

> voir le programme (pdf)

> télécharger le flyer

> the art of bordering dans le catalogue du programme Open museum Open city

> compte rendu du colloque par Camille Schmoll (Université Paris VII Denis Diderot)

—————– Friday 24 October 2014 —————–

MAXXI Gallery

>    16.00-16.52
Multiple screening
Borders (2010), a video of an animated pencil drawing, by Simona Koch
The Texas Border (2011), a video by Joana Moll & Heliodoro Santos
Partire, pictures by Heidrun Friese

> 16.52-18.00
Les Messagers (The Messengers) (2013, 66min), documentary by Laetitia Tura and Hélène Crouzillat

<h5;”>MAXXI B.A.S.E. Sala Graziella Lonardi Buontempo

>      18:00-18:15
Welcome by Hanru Hou and the organisers of the Art of Bordering

>      18:15-18:40
Presentation and screening of Liquid Traces: Investigating the Deaths of Migrants at the EU’s Maritime Frontier (2013 – 17min) by Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani

>      18:40-19:15
Presentation and screening of Samira (2013 – 26 min) by Nicola Mai

>      19:15-20:55
Presentation and screening of Io Sto con la Sposa/On The Bride’s Side (2014 – 90min) by Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande, and
Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry.

>      20:55-21:30
Q&A with the public

—————– Saturday 25 October 2014 —————–

MAXXI B.A.S.E. Sala Graziella Lonardi Buontempo

>      9:30-10:00

>      10:00-11:30
Session 1 Rebordering Migration in Times of Crisis
Corrado Bonifazi – Istituto di Ricerche sulla Popolazione e le Politiche Sociali, Rome, Italy
“Crisis and Migration in Italy: the Reshaping of a Mediterranean Border of the EU”

Lucio Caracciolo – LIMES – Rivista italiana di geopolitica, Rome, Italy
“Does Italy still have borders?” (> résumé)

Virginie Baby Collin – TELEMME, AMU-CNRS, Aix en Provence, France
“Staying, Returning, Leaving Elsewhere? Latin-American Migratory Fields and Migrant’s Strategies in the Context of Spanish Crisis.” (> résumé)

>      11.30-12:30
Coffee Break and Artwork Presentation
Close the camps (video 10 min), data-visualization by Isabelle Arvers

>      12:30-13:30
Discussion: Chair and discussant: Giusy d’Alconzo, Medici Contro la Tortura/Doctors Against Torture, Rome.

>      15.00-16:30
Session 2: Political Economy of Border Management
Elena Dell’Agnese – University of Milan Bicocca, Italy
“From Border Music to Borderless Music”

Steve Wright – Leeds University, United Kingdom
“Cashing in on Fears of Mass Migration- The Political Economy of EU Border Management” (> résumé)

Federica Infantino – Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
“What does migratory ‘risk’ mean? Decision-making in three visa sections in Morocco” (> résumé)

>      16.30-17:30
Coffee Break and Artwork Presentation

Stones and Nodes: the Working Out of the Separation between Israel and Palestine” (> résumé)
(2014) An art-science work by Cédric Parizot – IREMAM, CNRS/Aix-Marseille Université, Antoine Vion – LEST, CNRS/Aix-Marseille Université, Mathieu Coulon – LAMES, CNRS/Aix-Marseille Université, Guillaume Stagnaro – ESAAix

>      17.30-18:30
Discussion: Chair and Discussant: Giuseppe Sciortino – University of Trento, Italy

>      19.00-20:10
Les Messagers (The Messengers) (2013, 66min), documentary by Laetitia Tura and Hélène Crouzillat

>      20.10-21.45
Multiple screening
Borders (2010), a video of an animated pencil drawing, by Simona Koch
The Texas Border (2011), a video by Joana Moll & Heliodoro Santos
Partire, pictures by Heidrun Friese

MAXXI Gallery

>      19.30 pm-22.00 pm

Io con la sposa, Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande, and
Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry (Trailer with Italian subtitles)
- Io con la sposa (Video clip)
Liquid Traces,Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani (17 minutes)
- Samira, Nick Maï (26 minutes)

—————– Sunday 26 October 2014 —————–

MAXXI B.A.S.E. Sala Graziella Lonardi Buontempo

>      10:00-11:30
Session 3: Formal and Informal Border Practices.
Barbara Sorgoni – University of Bologna, Italy
“Bordering Asylum Rights: Narrative Credibility and the Assessment of Truth” (> résumé)

Thomas Cantens – CNE, EHESS-Aix-Marseille Université, France/WCO, Bruxelles, Belgium
“Comparing Borders:  from tracing to measuring”

Chiara Brambilla – University of Bergamo, Italy
“Navigating the Euro-African Border and Migration Nexus Through the Borderscape Lens” (> résumé)

>      11.30-12:30
Coffee Break and Artwork Presentation
Emborders: Challenging Sexual Humanitarianism through Qualitative Research and Experimental Filmmaking, an ethnofiction by Nicola Mai, LAMES, Aix-Marseille University, France and London Metropolitan University, London.

>      12:30-13:30
Discussion: Chair and discussant: Heidrun Friese, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Germany

>      15:00-17:00
Final Round Table
Jean Cristofol – Higher School for Art, Aix-en-Provence
Camille Schmoll – Université Paris VII Denis Diderot, France
Heidrun Friese – Technische Universität Chemnitz, Germany
Filippo Celata – Università La Sapienza, Rome

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