antiAtlas of Borders

The Antiatlas of borders is a group of researchers, artists and professionnals offering a unique approach on the mutations of control systems along land, sea, air and virtual states borders. Our website presents archives of our research (seminars, international conferencearticlesinterviews with researchers) and artistic activities (exhibitions and  online gallery). It is also a platform monitoring and communicating on events, publications, articles, news and artworks adressing the mutations of 21st century borders.

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The Art of Bordering, A Review by Camille Schmoll


Camille Schmoll - Université Paris VII Denis Diderot, France Décembre 2014 Les artistes, chercheur.e.s et activistes réunis au Maxxi-Roma du 24 au 26 octobre dernier ont contribué à bousculer les approches fixistes du territoire et de la géographie politique en nous proposant de nouveaux récits et imaginaires des frontières. Par leurs approches circulantes, multivocales et multisituées, les travaux présentés ont montré qu’il n’y a en aucun cas une seule cartographie possible des frontières, mais bien de multiples visions et vécus. Ces visions ont souvent pour base…

Transforming Border Geographies in a Mobile Age


An article by Gabriel Popescu on RFIEA website Borders constitute a prism through which to examine how contemporary social, cultural, economic, and political processes impact our lives. Far from being the remote limits of the state, borders play central roles in peoples’ lives irrespective of their geographical location in the national territory. They reach deep into the very fabric of societies, structuring and regulating daily routines as well as long-term aspirations.

L’art aux frontières | Jean Cristofol

Ce texte est celui d’une conférence prononcée en novembre 2012 dans le cadre du BRIT (Borders Régions In Transition) à Fukuoka, Japon. Le point de vue que je voudrais présenter ici tient à la place que j’occupe dans le groupe de recherche de l’antiAtlas des frontières. J’enseigne la philosophie et l’épistémologie dans une école d’art. Je ne suis donc pas un spécialiste des frontières, mais de la théorie de l’art et je m’intéresse plus particulièrement aux relations entre arts, sciences et technologies. 1 -     Pour…

Re-visualizing Border Cartographies through Art: From lines to flows and portals | Gabriel Popescu

The reason for turning to Arts to help make sense of the reterritorialization of state borders comes from the realization of the inherent limitations of social as well as natural sciences to imaginatively produce new “ways of seeing” of space. Our lives are structured to a significant extent by the way we organize space. The modern political-territorial organization of the world has been built on a Cartesian view that sees space in absolute terms, as a finite and rigid object that can be broken into…

Suspended in the Post-Humanist Lapse: Contained Mobility | Ursula Biemann

    Contained Mobility enters the digital world generated by the prevailing control of mobility and the unstable, trans-local forms of life that emerge between and around it. The video conveys this paradoxical, but fully interconnected, contemporary condition by splitting itself onto two synchronized screens. One screen displays digital navigation and container traffic information systems while the other registers the interior of a container inhabited by asylum seeker, Anatol. In conversation, Imre Szeman observes that, among my videos, Contained Mobility offers possibly the most direct,…

The Migration Industry of Migration Control | Rubén Hernández León (UCLA)


The control, restriction and overall management of migration and cross-border mobility are no longer the exclusive domain of national governments.  Private firms, many of them large corporations, are now involved in the screening and tracking of migrants, the development and operation of border surveillance technologies and the detention and deportation of unauthorized migrants to home or third countries.  The construction of unauthorized migration as a threat to national security, the massive increase of state budgets dedicated to prevent and restrict cross-border mobility, and the devolution…

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