Gothenburg Border Reverb June 8-13 2010

BORDER REVERB @ Clandestino

To challenge the (in)security and (in)sensibility of European immigration regimes, Clandestino Talks presents Border Reverb. Joining forces with the Creativity Beyond Borders Network from the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths University of London, Clandestino brings a number of key thinkers together to rethink the Border and its politics.

Workshops and talks will offer challenges to restrictive immigration laws and practices and the ways these intersect with creativity, performance and artistic and musical opposition. Border Reverb will include keynote presentations by Eyal Weizman, Julian Henriques, Abhijit Roy and Rangan Chakravorty. The five-day session will begin with a special evening event on Tuesday, 8 June, with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak in conversation with John Hutnyk.

Border Reverb will examine the after effects of immigration and asylum policy, border and visa regulation and security surveillance, as well as ways in which activists, artists and musicians have engaged with border politics worldwide. Clandestino has always supported such critical thinking and this workshop is part of a push towards a new Europe – a Europe without exclusions. The workshop is accompanied by a video art screening curated by the LDN/BRU network (Benoit Loiseau & Joanna Figiel).

Border Reverb is part of Creativity Beyond Borders, an AHRC Beyond Text Research Network project that brings together researchers in India, London, Germany, Denmark and Sweden that work with the themes of borders, activism and the arts. The network developed around a series of week-long intensive research workshops, running in different cities from November 2008 to June 2010.

Sonic Border (London, November 2008) explored the way sound crosses the border differently, provoking a rethink of the border’s location – not just in ports, but between us all, in conversations, in ideas. Border Documents, in conjunction with CPH.DOX documentary film festival (Copenhagen, November 2009) considered the border as it unfolds in time/screen based media and examined the telematic border, CCTV and the scanning screens of the immigration check.

Highlights so far have included the successful workshop of Förvaret/Detention theatre piece that went on an extended run at the Göteborgs Stadsteater, Sweden. The run up to the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which coincided with our Berlin Theatre Border (Berlin, April 2009) meeting, gave prominece to the themes of memory, border and national bifurcation and reunification. In Border Infection, we continued the theme of peripatetic walks with a maritime and music themed exploration of the environs of Deptford, South-east London. An accompanying art exhibition curated by LDN/BRU raising the themes associated with the workshop featured artists from the Network.

Border Reverb/Clandestino Talks – draft programme

(we advise checking the Clandestino website for scheduling changes http://clandestinofestival.org/2010/en/)

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Tuesday June 8th 2010

18.30–19.30 | Welcome reception
19.30–21.30 | Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak in conversation with John Hutnyk

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Wednesday June 9th 2010

11.00–13.00

– Elena Papadaki,

– Rico Reyes

– Ray Ganz et al              Roundtable on Art Practices

15.00–17.00

– Sarah Ralfs “The reverb of the author/director”

- Benoit Loiseau and Jo Figiel

– Julian Henriques: “Vibratology: material, corporeal and political aspects of sounding”

18.00–20.00

–Eyal Weizman: “Forensic Architecture: Only the criminal can solve the crime”

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Thursday June 10th 2010

11.00–13.00

– Maria Mogren “Berlin. Brunnenstrasse” (film, 45 minutes)

– Jennifer Otter & Andrej Mircev “Scenes from the Liminal”

15.00–17:00

– Raul Gschrey “Border lines. against/between/about arts and borders”

– Mary Claire Halvorson “Rhizomes/Reflections”

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Friday June 11th 2010

11.00–13.00

– Heidi Hausbruch & Rachel Palmer

– Abhijit Roy “Bollywood borders”

13.00–15.00

PER WIRTÉN @ Novotel [in Swedish] – co–arr with Arena

15.00––17.00

– Carla Mueller–Schulzke: “Re–sounds of urban London”

– Rangan Chakravorty: “Bangla Bands”

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Saturday June 12th 2010

13.00–15.00

– Alyson Coyle “At the Border of Love & Labour: rethinking the Work of care”

15:00- 17:00

- LDN-BRU films. “Border Reverb: rethinking the border and/in the art practice”.

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  • john hutnyk  On 05/05/2010 at 10:55 pm

    Press Release: Border Reverb/Clandestino Talks
    8–13 June 2010
    Gothenburg, Sweden.

    Music at night, political talks by day – and vice versa: Border Reverb resonates during the Clandestino Festival in Gothenburg.

    In what must be the most important intervention in music programming for years, and what will be a challenge to the (in)security and (in)sensibility of European immigration regimes, in early June 2010, Clandestino Talks presents Border Reverb. Joining forces with the Creativity Beyond Borders Network from the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths University of London, Clandestino brings a number of key figures together to rethink the Border and its politics.

    Workshops and talks will offer challenges to restrictive immigration laws and practices and the ways these intersect with creativity, performance and artistic and musical opposition. Border Reverb will include keynote presentations by Eyal Weizman, Julian Henriques, Abhijit Roy and Rangan Chakravorty. The five-day session will begin with a special evening event on Tuesday, 8 June, with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak in conversation with John Hutnyk.

    Border Reverb will examine the after effects of immigration and asylum policy, border and visa regulation and security surveillance, as well as ways in which activists, artists and musicians have engaged with border politics worldwide. Clandestino has always supported such critical thinking and this workshop is part of a push towards a new Europe – a Europe without exclusions.

    Clandestino Festival is a three-day showcase of performances by musicians, DJs and artists. The Border Reverb workshop is accompanied by a video art screening curated by the LDN/BRU network (Benoit Loiseau & Joanna Figiel).

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    Notes:

    Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is the most prominent critic of postcolonial studies working on global issues today. She is University Professor at Columbia University New York, and a feminist, Marxist, deconstructionist who has published a great many books, translations and essays, and is a tireless combatant of global injustice.

    Eyal Weizman is convener of the Research Architecture programme at Goldsmiths College and author of the book Hollow Land (Verso 2008), on the Palestine/Israel landscape.

    Abhijit Roy is Head, Department of Film Studies at Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the Moving Image.

    Rangan Chakravarty is a filmmaker, television producer, writer and journalist, currently working on the cultural phenomenon of Bangla Bands, a music movement, mostly led by young men in their early twenties in Kolkata and West Bengal.

    Julian Henriques is an accomplished filmmaker (BabyMother 1999) and sound system theorist, working at Goldsmiths College.

    John Hutnyk is Professor of Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, author of a number of books including Critique of Exotica: Music, Politics and the Culture Industry (2000 Pluto Press) and Bad Marxism: Capitalism and Cultural Studies (2004 Pluto). He writes irregular prose at http://hutnyk.wordpress.com.

    Clandestino is the music festival to go to this summer.
    See http://clandestinofestival.org/2010/

    The Creativity Beyond Borders network is funded by the Beyond Text programme of the AHRC, UK

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    • Rachel Palmer and Heidi Hasbrouck  On 03/06/2010 at 11:15 am

      BOUNCE THE BALL OVER THE BORDER
      While activists throw tennis balls over the barbed wire fences of detention centres in Australia, tennis stars play exclusive private matches for the ultra-wealthy gated-community dwellers of Dubai. Meanwhile at Wimbledon female tennis players are subjected to ‘grunt rules’ and airports across the world crack open cocaine filled tennis balls originally manufactured in China’s Export Processing Zones. Heidi Hasbrouk and Rachel Palmer attempt an exploration of contemporary borders and exceptional spaces linked together by the bouncing of rubber balls. Who throws them? Who catches them? Who gets to play with them? Who makes them? What happens when they hit the border?

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  • john hutnyk  On 07/05/2010 at 12:47 am

    Creative Practices Beyond Borders aimed to bring together researchers from India, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and London to work with the themes of borders, activism and the arts. The dynamic network that developed around a series of week-long workshops facilitated a stimulating research environment in an alternative space on the border of academic and creative.
    Sonic Border (London, 11.2008) explored ways in which sound crosses the border differently, provoking a rethink of the border’s location – not just in ports, but between us all, in conversations, in ideas – a location further problematized by sound.
    Theatre Border (Berlin, 11.2009) focused on the performative, tactile and ritualistic force of the border as staged, leading to a rethinking of connection, touch, proximity and co-responsibility. Workshop sessions became peripatetic in response to the coming 20th anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall, which in turn gave prominence to the themes of memory, border and national bifurcation and reunification.
    Border Documents (Copenhagen, 11.2009) considered the border as it unfolds in screen based media and examined the telematic border, CCTV and screenings of the immigration check.With two European premiere’s in the line up, we explored how the documentary form can carry a politic, an ethics or an epistemology and how documentary film and border activism lend itself to the cinematic.
    Border Infection (London, 03.2010) investigated the metaphors of contagion and virus, border’s porosity and susceptibility to infestations and/or prophylactic attempts at security. We continued the theme of peripatetic walks with a maritime and music-themed exploration of Deptford. An accompanying art exhibition curated by LDN:BRU raising related themes and featured artists from the Network.
    Border Reverb (Gothenburg, 06.2010) joins with the Clandestino Music Festival to consider, reflexively, what we have learned and unlearned (un-texted) from the Beyond Text opportunity. The agenda includes the after effects of immigration and asylum policy, border and visa regulation, security surveillance and activist, artistic and musical engagement with border politics worldwide. An art video screening featuring artists from the network will accompany the talks.
    Speakers: Presentations by more than 30 network participants including: Eyal Weizman, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Rangan Chakravorty, Abhijit Roy, Hito Steyerl, Angela Mitropoulos, Vivek Bald, Neil Transpontine, Les Back, David Graeber, Mathias Danbolt, Raul Gshrey, Joan Kelly, Julian Henriques, John Hutnyk
    Links with non-academic stakeholders Förvaret/Detention theatre,, CPH:DOX film festival, Clandestino festival, LDN:BRU curatorial collective, poet Johannes Anyuru, Xtalk Project, Ananya Chakravorty cinemawoman, Music in Detention, Musafer films, qwx-show-ur-lingua, Goethe Institute, moustache collectif, Noise of the Past

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  • Renegade Eye  On 13/05/2010 at 9:31 am

    Expect to hear about the immigration issue, in news from the US.

    Bottom line: Obama’s policy is identical to Bush’s.

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  • Rico Reyes  On 02/06/2010 at 9:40 pm

    Mimesis and the embodiment of brands: A Look at COPYSTAND by Stephanie Syjuco

    Moving away from the Platonic construction of mimesis – a superficial imitation of nature, Stephanie Syjuco has rooted her project on the act of embodied imitation. As a Filipino cultural phenomenon, embodied imitation is seen in the centuries of development in Folkloric dance and ritual. This tradition is reinvigorated through collaboration with communities of contemporary visual artists. COPYSTAND, first installed/performed at the 2009 Frieze Art Fair in London, stages an atelier of contemporary artists copying works of established artists testing the precarity of the status of the artist brand, and challenging the viewers to recognise or misrecognise their beloved works of art.

    Rico J. Reyes, artist/curator/academic, received his BA in Studio Art at UC Berkeley, and his MFA in New Genres from UCLA. Working in video, installation, and performance, Rico creates work that focuses on the intersection of race, sexuality, and post-colonialism. As curator, Reyes curated Post Gay/Ante Asian, a visual arts exhibit by, for, and about Gay Asian Pacific Islanders, launched online in May 2000. More recently, he was curator for Overmapped: Filipino American Visual Arts, presented in April 2007 at SOMArts Gallery; and From Hedonopolis, To Melancolony, presented September 2007 at University of San Francisco Thacher Gallery. Reyes is currently a PhD candidate at the University of London, Goldsmiths College. He lives and works in London, UK; Tempe, AZ; and San Francisco, CA.

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  • john hutnyk  On 03/06/2010 at 12:43 am

    Hi John, this is the material I sent to Aleks, if you also need it.. /Maria

    “Berlin. Brunnenstrasse”

    Stories from a former border area, twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall

    Jürgen has been living in Brunnenstrasse for 35 years. Now the landlord wants to tear down his beloved house. Gerd has to close his bookstore because of rising rents. Dorothea is preparing an exhibition in one of the many newly opened galleries. The music students of the former GDR school are rehearsing for a concert and the Beth Zion synagogue has re-opened for the first time since the second world war.

    The development of the area around the street Brunnenstrasse is symptomatic of the transformation of former East Berlin after the fall of the wall, where gentrification rapidly ensued. “Berlin. Brunnenstrasse” was shot during winter 2009, showing the changes and the contrasts of an area at the former inner-German border.

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    • Jennifer K. Otter  On 03/06/2010 at 8:55 am

      Hi John- Here is my presentation for the festival.

      Death Will Bring Us Together – In Photos
      The myth of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis seems to grow with each passing year. Movies such as 24-Hour Party People, Control and the self-titled documentary Joy Division feeds the canon of martyred crooner, who died by his own hand in 1980, hanging himself by the laundry line in his kitchen. The ease and speed of communication, via the internet’s social networking sites, allows for the continued evolution of the Curtis myth. In death, Curtis has the “dead qualities [he] never possessed in life.”(Chuck Klosterman, Killing Yourself to Live, 2005). More than 2500 people pay homage to the dead star annually, visiting the grave of the iconic singer in the quaint North England town of Macclesfield. Collected over a period of six months, this set of pictures, taken at the Curtis grave, illustrates the crossing of Borders- from death into life- capturing the growing fascination with Curtis, thirty years after his physical demise.

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  • sarah  On 04/06/2010 at 11:41 pm

    Dear all,

    In my talk at Clandestino, “The reverb of the author / director”, I will examine how the moment of reverb challenges the border between author/director and audience in the performance EINE KIRCHE DER ANGST VOR DEM FREMDEN IN MIR of German artist Christoph Schlingensief from 2008.

    Best
    Sarah

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    • Carla Müller-Schulzke  On 08/06/2010 at 6:38 am

      This is what I’ll present at Clandestino festival:

      Re-sounds of urban London

      The paper sets out to look at different instances of sonic re-contextualization and re-location that can be found on Dusk & Blackdown’s album Margins Music. In their Indo-dubstep track “Kuri Pataka”, a sample of an old Hindi song – recorded in the Punjab, bought from a record company in Edinburgh – becomes a reverberation of the transcultural soundscape of London. Another example for urban re-sounding is their track “Darker than East”, in which the interview footage of a London-based grime crew and recorded street sounds become the raw material for a grime track. The paper will demonstrate how these transcultural sound practices can be conceived as part of globally mediated, and locally appropriated discourses of belonging, street-credibility, and marginalization.

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  • Carla Müller-Schulzke  On 15/06/2010 at 4:02 pm

    Kick-off boxing borders:

    This is the future project that all participants of the Beyond Text – creativity beyond borders workshop series are invited to participate in, which, as has been decided between tunes and beers, is now called
    boxing borders.
    Thanks to all who have put their ideas and energy into kicking this off! This is of course, and will continue to be, in a process of taking shape, taking moves, and taking action…

    So to get everybody involved, this is the idea of boxing borders so far:
    A parcel will be sent off by one of the border network participants to another border network participant, and will include something that he or she put inside which is conceived as related to the border-theme – could be anything from pictures, drawings, audio, text… the parcel will be sent around in no specific order, and will reach participants from London, Berlin, Calcutta, Copenhagen, Gothenburg…

    Simultaneously, a website/blog will be set up (thank you, Ashley!!), which could work as a kind of logbook, or boxing diary – but anyone who wants to share something can write or upload stuff there.

    Another idea is that we attach a chip to the parcel in order to be able to track it. We still need to find out how to do it though… any suggestions? We thought of a GPS chip, and I heard of something called ‘sticky bits’ (www.stickybits.com)…

    We need +++someone who finds out about the tracking technology+++someone who starts boxing+++a webmaster for the blog (this can take turns)+++a list of all participants of the border network (and their email-addresses)+++

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