Videos from the bodies and borders investigation at Kurskaya station:
A presentation, interactive exhibit and performances emerging from the Invisible Borders Workshop hosted at the Strelka Institute, examining unseen borders (urban, social and mythical) in Moscow.
Slavyanskiy Mir is filled with a variety of visible and invisible borders between spaces, people, and goods. many of these boundaries are quite visible at the human scale, such as this permeable boundary of informally placed stones. Others are less visible. Here are a list of borders identified form our site visit.
As part of our collaborative investigation of Slavyanskiy Mir on the 9th, we’re creating a map of the market and starting a Slavyanskiy Mir page on Wikipedia.
In identifying the sets of invisible urban borders, we came to see the important role of personal experiences crossing borders, thresholds, divides in the city. Urban borders are not self-evident in the built environment as they are on maps. The boundaries become visible through personal experience, border stories reveal the hidden lines.
In the second day of our workshop, we fleshed out the list of borders in the city and sorted them into categories. Afterwards, we identified the themes that interlink and influence the visibility of these borders.
In this video, a migrant worker documents just one of the sites of friction that is encountered along the path to a work permit in Moscow. For citizens of the CIS, the “simplified procedure” to attain a work visa involves crossing many urban borders.
“There is a point at which borders cease to be geographical lines and filters between states (always an over-simplified idea) and emerge instead as increasingly interoperable assemblages of control technologies strung out across the world’s infrastructures, circulations, cities, and bodies.”
– Stephen Graham, Cities Under Siege
In Boundary Functions by Scott Snibbe the boundaries between individuals are negotiated through spatial performances, produced through intimate exchanges of spaces.
“National borders have ceased being continuous lines on the earth’s surface and (have) become non-related sets of lines and points situated within each country.”
– Paul Andreu et. al, Borders and Borderers
For millions of travelers every day, an airport is the gate to a foreign country. It is here that the journey ends, that the border is finally crossed. Yet, where exactly does the border begin?
We must listen to voices that disagree with us, and have an open debate about how we use our powers and remember that government exists to serve the power of the individual not the other way around … that is what keeps us different to those on the other side of the wall.
– Barack Obama, June 19th at the Brandenburg Gates
About 19 kilometers (12 miles) of what appears to be black polypropylene twine, 3mm in diameter and suspended in the sky, demarcates an important boundary in Central Brooklyn.
Our great, global cities are turning into vast gated citadels where the elite reproduces itself
– Simon Kuper, Financial Times More
Cities exist to bring people together, but cities can also keep people apart
– Daniel D’Oca, Urban Planner, Interboro Partners.
Mark Skwarek – Erase the Separation Barrier Showing what’s on the other side of a border through Augmented Reality. In this case, the border is rendered invisible – a projection of a possibility.
Analysis performed earlier this year of the borders that divide and define Taksim Square. The divisions are categorized by their permeability or “fusibility”.
This photo taken by Tuca Vieira in São Paulo is a powerful image of the divided city. High-rise luxury housing on the right, a slum on the left.
the border: “a place for sharing, a ‘transactional space’. a zone of interaction, an ‘interval of resonance’, a location where functional relationships are evident, and potentially an area of community integration.”
Where does the city without gates begin?
– Paul Virilio, Lost Dimension
A brief history of the walls, borders, dividing lines, and spatial practices that define Moscow. Map from 1836 (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamer-Kollezhsky_Val).