Dumping or Trumping

Bright side of the current reaction. The decline of the European powers was bolstered by the land grab that was the USA – basically the oppression of indigenous and slave Americans was invested in a temporary world domination culminating in the Marshall Plan and Marilyn (the famous Monroe doctrine of coca-colonisation). But the only America that can be made great again by incompetent boorish land speculator Trump will be his accidental spurring of central and south America towards cross border action. Take a longer view and recognise how the anti-colonial triumphs of the 20th Century will, no doubt in convoluted ways, deliver on the promise of the massive transformations (Russia, China etc) of populations and aspirations for justice in the 21st. The centre is real old and the periphery is on the up, dialectics is not just propaganda but recognition of patterns and analysis of historical shifts. Migration changes the world for the better, and  claims to any other outcome are myopic idealism, racist self-harm and stalling of the inevitable.

(On inadvertently hearing The Donald on the radio).

Border theory

BorederGermany‘At a certain stage of development,

the material productive forces of society

come into conflict with the existing relations of production

or – this merely expresses the same thing

in legal terms – with the property relations within the framework

of which they have operated hitherto.

From forms of development of the productive forces

these relations turn into their fetters.

Then begins an era of social revolution.

The changes in the economic foundation lead

sooner or later

to the transformation of the




Counter-Mapping Universities

Good to see Ex-Zeppelin and new Hamburg students take up the QM Counter Map:

From the QM collective interview:

What has been the reception to this project, as best you can tell. Have there been unexpected or unintended responses? Has it inspired kindred projects/mobilizations?
The reception has been good, and quite diverse. Some people like the map, some the game, and people stress different aspects of both. In general people really appreciate the fact that it looks very different from most activist and political material. A staff member at Queen Mary in the International Student Admissions Office asked for copies to help her explain to her British colleagues the issues faced by many international students. A presentation to a group of professors highlighted how little our own lecturers knew about the difficulties faced by their own international students.

The game has worked very well as a tool that forces people to discuss their own and others’ experiences of education and border crossings. We specifically designed it as a relational device to get the players to share their experiences and frustrations, and to imagine alternatives. The colourfulness and playfulness of the map has brightened up many a grey bureaucratic political meeting, and inspired others to invent similar tools of mapping, acting and organising in relation to other institutions. We’ve had requests for people to use our InDesign files for making their own maps (the ‘code’ of the map is open and free), and given workshops to other groups making their own maps of the university.

Meeting tomorrow morning (22nd) near Hamburg hafen:

During this meeting we will be focusing on counter mapping using a map project that John Hutnyk presented to us developed by Queen Mary University PhD students a couple of years ago. He has recommended us the following ‘literature’, which we would kindly ask you to prepare for Sunday in case you are interested in taking part.

1) http://lateral.culturalstudiesassociation.org/issue1/content/countermapping.html

2) http://classwaru.org/2012/06/24/mapping-shared-imaginaries-for-anti-capitalist-movements-an-interview-with-tim-stallman-of-the-counter-cartographies-collective/

3) http://www.countercartographies.org/downloads/?dl_cat=2

Afterwards we are planning a small walk through the Hamburg Hafen with the focus on ‘contested spaces’ in order to link the breakfast session with Hamburg.

Border residue

Spaces of Migration, just published by Pavement Books returns me to the suggestion on this blog some time ago, and no doubt elsewhere, that the discussion of borders has a too easy conception of space. Borders can be aural, temporal, conceptual, and proliferating right here. Where? He-re.

The policy pronouncements of the border authority replicates authoritarianism across the body politic. The compliance of some with G4s or other privatised border tools makes border agents of us all.

Abject humanity subjected to austerity and its justifications, proliferation of pollutants met only with fake environmentalist concern, the persistence, and indeed global extension of workplace ‘alienation’ viewed as nostalgia, deskilling/desktop killing for everyone, not just the ruling class – all this seems to generalise a lumpen character.

Maintain the reserve army and keep us all in fatigues seems the only strategy capital has in this crisis. Besides scrambling for a cut of course, and a crazy generous cut at that. Snouts in the trough, but keeping us all in the sty. Some are more in the mud than others, some are bacon, most are fed on swill – oink oink. The uniformed ones collaborate with the omnipresent butcher. Some are tagged with an RFID chip on their ear. Higgledy po.

grenzlinien/borderlines book out and Frankfurt Book Fair (this is a big deal)

dear readers,
I am happy to announce that the publication of the “grenzlinien/borderlines” project will be released soon.
Even though on a short notice, I would be happy to see you in the heart of frankfurt.
The book (although mainly in German) is available via bookshops and via the publisher: www.gutleut-verlag.com
Next Exhibition/Presentation 14.11.13 – 15.01.14 in Giessen.
Further Info: www.grenzlinien.com
Raul Gschrey
frankfurt book fair | open books 2013
grenzlinien: von grenzen, grenzüberschreitungen und migration/// border lines: on borders, border crossings and migration

In over 40 artistic, documentary and academic contributions the book deals with the topic of borders, border lines and migration. The book, edited by Christine Taxer and Raul Gschrey, will be presented for the first time together with guests, among others Judith Kopp (Pro-Asyl).

Book presentation and reading | Thursday, 10.10.2013 | 20.00 h
Heussenstamm-Galerie | Braubachstraße 34 | 60311 Frankfurt/Main

buchmesse | open books 2013
grenzlinien | von grenzen, grenzüberschreitungen und migration

In über 40 künstlerischen, dokumentarischen und wissenschaftlichen Beiträgen setzt sich das Buch mit dem Themenbereich Grenzen, Grenzlinien und Migration auseinander, das von Christine Taxer und Raul Gschrey herausgegeben wurde und die zusammen mit ausgewählten Gästen – u.a. Judith Kopp von Pro Asyl – das Buch an diesem Abend zum ersten Mal vorstellen werden.

Buchvorstellung und Lesung | Donnerstag, 10.10.2013 | 20.00 Uhr
Heussenstamm-Galerie | Braubachstraße 34 | 60311 Frankfurt/Main


grenzlinien. von grenzen, grenzüberschreitungen und migration
Christine Taxer und Raul Gschrey (Hg.)
reihe mono | stereo | Band 5

Grenzen, Grenzüberschreitungen und Migration – diesem Themenbereich nähert sich die Publikation in über 40 Beiträgen verschiedenster Formen und Perspektiven. Versammelt sind literarische und politische, kultur- und politikwissenschaftliche Texte, Interviews, Reportagen und Berichte über künstlerische und wissenschaftliche Projekte. Gleichberechtigt daneben stehen dokumentarische und freie künstlerische Arbeiten: Collagen, Fotografien, Filme, Performances, Installationen und Videospiele, die in der begleitenden Ausstellungsreihe präsentiert und im Buch dokumentiert werden. Auf diese Weise liegt eine weit angelegte Auseinandersetzung vor, die sich durch die Verbindung der Felder Kunst, Wissenschaft und Politik von anderen, inhaltlich ähnlich ausgerichteten Projekten abhebt.

Der Ausgangspunkt der Beiträge ist das geografische Verständnis von »Grenze« als der Einfassung  eines Territoriums, die einen geografischen Bereich ausweist und einen staatlichen Machtanspruch zeigt. Diese Grenzlinie kann überschritten werden, aber nur unter bestimmten Bedingungen. Auf diese Weise sind Grenzen Ordnungen des Raumes, die Gegensätze produzieren: zwischen innen und außen, eigen und fremd, Einschluss und Ausschluss. Grenzlinien treten damit als manifeste Strukturen auf, ebenso jedoch als soziale Konstruktionen.

Zum einen analysieren und visualisieren die grenzlinien-Beiträge die Grenzen der Europäischen Union. Mit dem Schengen-Prozess mobil geworden, sind sie nicht mehr nur an den Rändern anzutreffen, sondern sowohl innerhalb als auch außerhalb des europäischen Territoriums: Wie beeinflussen sie die Realität der EU-Bürger, wie die der irregulären Migranten? Über den engeren geografischen Sinn hinausgehend, werden im Buch zum anderen die mit dem Ziehen von Grenzen verbundenen politischen, sozialen und kulturellen Prozesse thematisiert: Welche Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede werden definiert? Dabei gehen die Beiträge auch dem produktiven Potential von Grenzen und Grenzüberschreitungen nach, das etwa die Konstruktion von Identitäten und Wahrnehmungsweisen bewirkt.

Mit Beiträgen von:

Ximena Aburto Felis : Winfried Baumann : Melanie Gärtner : gold extra : Raul Gschrey : Özlem Günyol : Marie-Hélène Gutberlet : Maike Häusling : Tom Holert : John Hutnyk : Dietmar Kammerer : Bernd Kasparek : Thomas Kilpper : Anna Knappe : Judith kopp : Karl Kopp : Mustafa Kunt : Chus Lopez Vidal : Bounama Magassa : Luise Marbach : Bernd Metz : Pekka Niskanen : Wolf Perina : Timo Piikkilä : Lisl Ponger : Jaana Ristola : Marcus Roloff : Heiko Schäfer : Ursula Schmidt : Jula-Kim Sieber : Katrin Ströbel : Christine Taxer : Mark Terkessidis : Michael Wagener : Norbert Wagener : Alex Wolf : Marc Wrasse


192 Seiten, zahlr. Abb., br., 24 x 17 cm, dt., Euro 25,00
ISBN 978-3-936826-58-6
Erscheint: 1. Oktober 2013 | © gutleut verlag 2013
Erhältlich im Buchhandel und über www.gutleut-verlag.com