|log #494: from diaspora to diversities
History of Mobility
Before we knew modern nations, there were
no such territories determined by law an borders. Even if someone wanted to, ground
surveyors had not the skills to realize borders and maps like we use to have today.
Hot spots were linked by communication lines. That means
roads. The routes of merchants, armies and personal transport were the main routes of
messages and news.
If you think in terms of centuries, bridges are very important. It might be no
coincidence, that Imed Bentrad and Ahmad Baaj show us bridges from their homelands. So
they make a contribution to our art symposion because the history of mobility is one of
More than that, Baaj was material controller of an oil company, before he had to leave
Syria. He is familiar with the issue mobility on various aspects. We will show some of
their works at "Mythos Puch".
Bentrad started to build a big model car from the scratch
and we will have to talk about the "speed demon" and it's meaning in
other countries, other cultures. It will be also part of the exhibition.
Speed is not only a physical matter, it's also a cultural
code. Borders are vanishing, national states lose importance. Communication has become a
major concern. What do we share, even though we come from different ethnicities.
Are there universal codes for us, who feel different? There will be some work in progress
to find out.
+) Ahmad Baaj: Deir ez-Zor [link]
+) Imed Bentrad: Constanine Bridge [link]
+) Art Symposion [link]
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