Accepted Paper:

Exhibiting Nodes of transnational Mobility and Migration: Mobile Research, developing relational tools and assemblages of art works  


Michael Zinganel (Tracing Spaces)

Paper short abstract:

Investigating the effects of the transformation of road-side infrastructures we developed strategies of embodied mobile experience, applied relational tools, produced our own assemblages of artifacts and established a continual rhythm of research, dissemination, and re-evaluation.

Paper long abstract:

In a project, investigating the recent effects of the transformation of major pan-European road corridors, connecting the former East and West of Europe, we choose to drive the entire triangle between Vienna, Tallinn and the Bulgarian-Turkish border several times with a van. At places where the flow stops, we applied live mapping as a relational technique to gain information from mobile experts from a wide range of mobilities: from shipping to (forced) migration. We produced and exhibited graphic representations and other items collected on tour at selected social condensers, to trigger further feedback from people encountering these installations: e.g. at the canteen of a logistic company in Sofia, at the exit of a ferry-boat terminal in Tallinn, or during a guided bus tour to the Austrian-Hungarian border station.

Intending to privilege narratives from a variety of individuals' experience we augmented maps with graphic novels and audio tracks, included "objects trouvés" and works by other artists, that we transported to and collected at our a stationary lab in Vienna: This led to a continual rhythm of research, dissemination, and re-evaluation taking place almost simultaneously, which effected methods of research and representation, and the concept of the final exhibition in Vienna: walking from room to room, from North to South and back, like we drove during our trips, through an assemblage of research findings, reference works and artistic representations, representing the many shades of grey we encountered during our tours.

Panel P046
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