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What Borders in a global world

Artist Talk

What Borders in a global world

Fuentesal & Arenillas & Marta Lodola

17:00 @ GlogauAIR

In frame of the Open Studios December 2017
The incessant amount of omnipresent flux at a global scale made deterritorialization and reterritorialization the two most essential movements of our era. The constant acts of leaving and adapting have become an unquestionable norm.

In the 90s, developments in the communication and transports’ sectors shrunk the immense globe into what Marshall McLuhan called a ‘global village’. The before perceived as distant and exotic, suddenly became incredibly reachable and familiar, allowing an unprecedented constant flow of complex exchanges of people, ideas, technology, capital and information at a global scale.
As Arjun Appadurai pointed out, the daily life of the contemporary human is not anymore restricted to a hermetic local dimension; it has completely surpassed national borders, becoming a volatile, unpredictable system of and in itself that nobody has fully control of.

The incessant amount of omnipresent flux at a global scale, made deterritorialization and reterritorialization (Guattari & Deleuze) the two most essential movements of our era. The constant acts of leaving and adapting have become an unquestionable norm.
Globalization seems to have reshaped the world’s reality as an on-going, unending process of complex interrelated negotiations. Contemporary human societies and individuals seem to be the very materialization of Nietzsche’s concept of ‘becoming’: something unsteady, always unfinished, always under-construction, ephemeral, always hybrid, opened to an eternal redefinition of themselves.

However, this utopian promise of a more homogeneous, united world did not come without a cost and several political, cultural, economic and identitarian tensions arised between local and global spheres. A hyperconnected globe altered our perception of place, space, time and identity and thus of the self and of the otherness. Thus we ask: in a borderless, continuously changing hybrid world, how are these constant renegotiations of physical and physiological borders being handled?

Fuentesal & Arenillas - From expanded sketches and through deterritorialization, the Spanish duo has been is interested in the ideas of adaptation, deterritorialization and holism. Working with drawing materials that have been deprived of their original function and then given a new concept Fuentesal & Arenillas create a playful tension with the concept of identity by conserving the reminiscences of the material’s former context in the new territory where it was integrated.

Marta Lodola – Marta is a visual artist specialized in performance art. Her artistic research points to study the relationships created amongst the body and Its surrounding context. She is mainly interested in the female body and its relationships within contemporary society. Her work is mainly based on discrimination, gender violence, social relationships and any kind of problems undermining the freedom of the individual. Currently Marta Lodola is working on ‘Actions agains borders’, a long-term ongoing project which aims to investigate the present meaning of “borders” as physical and psychological limit.

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