ACTIONS AGAINST BORDERS #1 BREAKING POINT is a long-term project conceived, organised and developed by Marta Lodola. Throughout this project, Lodola has also worked in collaboration with various organizations, collectives and individuals, all of whom are addressing “border dynamics”.
This project is responding to the following notion:
The increasing creation of physical borders- as governmental responses to influxes of mass migration- are producing invisible borders between peoples and nations. The presence of any kind of border affects the life of every single human being; both their sense of community and their conception of sharing.
Through a combination of research periods and multidisciplinary performative actions, this project aims to continuously investigate the present-day meaning of borders within our societies, considering these borders as both physical and psychological limits.
ACTIONS AGAINST BORDERS #1 BREAKING POINT aims to reveal the complex construction of borders existing within our society by inciting moments of both confrontation and exchange amongst its participants.
In this project, research functions as an artistic practice which gathers and spreads information in order to activate an awareness process in its participants. It aims to give birth to a dialogue amongst individuals, associations, groups and collectives, all of whom are supporting critical situations related to immigration. Its process aims to stimulate a mutual introduction and act as a bridge between communities; ones which already reside in a specific place and others which have just arrived in these places to start a new lives.
The research collected by this project gives an opportunity to those who are rarely heard to express their view on the meaning of “borders”. It furthermore looks to reunite the thoughts and experiences of those who may have otherwise never crossed paths.
The opportunity to listen to the stories, memories and narratives of people who live around us is an extremely precious resource. Their words are a demonstration of what is currently happening and have the ability to describe reality better than any other media.
The main goal of this research is to give voice to every single being.
The Practice of ACTIONS AGAINST BORDERS #1 BREAKING POINT begins with a series of walks through selected public places which have unique sociopolitical contexts.
I walk between 2 and 4 hours per day following a planned path for a selected number of days.
During each journey, I use an audio recorder to collect answers and experiences from every person I encounter without distinction. I ask them to answer the following three questions:
What does"border" mean to you?
Which effects are you experiencing in your life because of the construction of borders?
Do you have any solutions?
When walking through these public spaces, I am also enacting a process to map the city to my individual experiences within my body. Therefore, every journey I make becomes a path which I memorise with my whole self.
During the final phase of the project, the project takes the form of a participatory installation and performance. Here, an audience can directly take part in the project by both consulting an archive which presents the various interactions and by participating in a series of conferences and the performances.
On entrance to the final installation, an arrangement of tablets present the archive in the form of the collected audio recordings and their translated transcriptions alongside maps of the routes taken within the chosen spaces. This archive will also later be published online for a public consultation. The aim of this archive is to gather and contain people's experiences from within the urban space. Here, a site-specific exploration of geographical and social fabric comes to life; the body forms a mapping process of physical, experience-based space.
The entire collection of audio material recorded during the interviews became part of an audio archive which was open to the public during the "Project Exhibition". This took place in each city that the project was developed.
For "Project Exhibition" the recorded voices were used as the sonic backdrop of a performance. In this performance, the audience was invited to enter a dark space in which they were invited to explore and investigate the surrounding space and my body.
This performative action was developed as a representation of the experience that I had in the public space. As with each individual meeting, every interaction in the dark room remained both personal and unique.
When the public enter the performance space, they are give the chance to listen to the multiple views of the interviewed participants discussing their definitions of borders. At the same time they are obliged to make a decision; will they be willing to cross their own borders in oder to uncover the truths of others.
ph Otto Karl Kamal
I´m a visual artist specialized in performance art. My artistic research point to study the relationships created amongst the body and Its surrounding context. I’m interested in the female body and its relationships within contemporary society. In reference, my work is based on discrimination, gender violence, social relationships and any kind of problems undermining the freedom of the individual.
I consider art as a tool of opposition generating a counter-stream to homogenisation of culture. For me art is a tool of resistance.
For me the female body is dual, is feminine, masculine and powerful beyond any simple representation. I get inspired by my daily life in order to create my actions, in fact I believe performace and life are tied up together. My path is a realisation of my place in the world, I question myself about the truthfulness of my role within our society.
I work with performance site-specific, long durational, photographic self-timer, video and illustration. My actions are part of medidative states, catarsies, improvisation, body as a sculpture, installations.