We like borders. Borders appear. Borders disappear. Borders reappear. They are a manifestation of transformation, but commonly perceived as naturally fixed demarcations.
Through guided tours, theatrical performance and installations dealing with the history of several sites at the Austrian national border we raise awareness for the arbitrary nature of borders in Europe. We take part in the local life at the border. The locals participate. We attract audience of all ages from near and far.
Several sites (villages, towns) at the 100 years old Austrian Borders in 2019.
Democracy is based on identity and knowledge. Through collaborations between local participants from both sides of the border we support exchange and therefore a European identity. More than appealing to the elites in the capitals of Europe we promote these virtues at the periphery of countries.
People living at the border will feel that behind the border is another homeland. Both locals as well as visitors will no longer understand borders as fixed realities, but rather as a remnant of the past and nothing to be frightened of. National peripheries will open their mental borders for Europe.
A daylong performative event at each of the sites: a guided tour along the border, accompanied by performative and visual art. Preparations: 1) (historical) research of the region, 2) contact with the local authorities for infrastructural possibilities 3) getting in touch with local people exploring the options of participation 4) Artistic creation on site, blurring the borders between preparation and event, the normal and the artistic life. The event will be mostly promoted in the region.
In 2017 the visual artist Lizzy Mayrl organized a performative walk with installations on the borderline between Czech Republic and Austria including the participation of locals, refugees and immigrated theatre artists (David Maayan). The project can be applied to all national borders in Europe.
We aim at appealing to 1) the local population on both sides of the border 2) politically and culturally interested living in the area, 3) the younger generation and its educational institutions (schools...) 4) the local authorities, media, cultural groups for the documentation of the project.
Personal border experiences, feedback on the aim of the project, is it clear enough etc., ideas for sites and links to other border projects, ideas for connecting with their projects and probable synergy. Please let us know if something seems awkward in our proposal.