Democracy and participation, Migration



Who is behind this?

Alexander Martos

Science Communications Research e.V.


Who is joining forces?

Science Communications Research




Further collaborators from the field of film, exhibition architecture and political sciences will be approached.

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Neo-Nationalism is endangering Europe. The claim for retro-sovereignity will not prohibit an upcoming post-Westphalian 21st century. Political imagination should take the lead over Realpolitik. Acknowledging the continuities of colonialism we create a utopian model that lends a post-national European Citizenship to “worldless” refugees as pioniers. In a series of filmed expert conversations the idea will undergo public proof and finally be travelling through Europe in an artistic installation.

Where will your idea take place?

Based in Vienna, Austria. Website: Kick-off: "Wiener Festwochen" 2019

Why does Europe need your idea?

The project has multiple impacts on European policies:

EUROPEAN IDENTITY: Construction of a European Identity bypassing problematic concepts like Kulturkreis or religion, taking into account its own violent pasts – be they religious wars, colonial violence, fascism or contemporary extractivism around the globe

FINALISATION OF THE EUROPEAN INTEGRATION PROCESS: Initiating a debate on the re-nationalisation of Europe, preparing Europe for the moment that new right governements will collapse (maybe dramatically), offering a clear perspective for the final integration process.

COMMON ASYLUM & MIGRATION POLICIES: Dublin III, free movement for asylum seekers and recognized refugees within the EU, European population and social politics, Merkel-Plan, Frontex and border regime fights.

What is your impact?

With a thought-provoking idea we contribute to shifting contemporary European political thinking and opening the deadlocked political imagination of the present. A visionary political model will enter public debates in politics, arts, academia, education. It will encourage change maker by

a) presenting a real European Citizenship beyond National Citizenship

b) introducing the concept of a pioneer generation of citizens formed by newcomers with a refugee biography and other “worldless“ people who are living outside of any civil rights

c) performing as a strong and controversial European political gesture against Neo-Nationalism with a poetic–close to Biblical–founding myth

that a shift from existing neo-nationalist hegemony towards a European cosmopolitanism is possible.

How do you get there?

IF YOU WANT IT, EUROPE IS NOT A DREAM, is a filmic roadmovie and installation, a utopian documentary on the state of the thinking of democracy in the 21st century. It is based on high-level and in depth stakeholder interviews with representatives from politics, administration, research, civil society, arts and migration. With the help of (alredy established) allies we will be able to get in contact with leading decision makers and experts.

The project design unfolds in three phases: (1) RESEARCH & CURATION sets up interviews (2) ROAD TRIP & RECORDINGS conducts conversations and reportages and (3) ARTISTIC INSTALLATION & FESTIVALS presents the final product in festivals, exhibitions spaces and screenings throughout Europe.

What is your story?

The 'silent mass revolution” (Ivan Krastev) of 2015 lead to a dangerous neo-national policies in Europe. Furthermore, sovereignty seems to be dispersing to non-democratical instances in the 21st century. A–still utopian–European republic is a strong answer to those alarming developments!

As curators, artists and theoreticians we strongly believe in the power of political imagination for the development of a post-national democracy. Change will not derive from more 'Real-Politik' that brought us where we are. This leads us to using artistic instruments of political fiction, making a 'sense of the POSSIBLE"' (Robert Musil) become REAL.

As second generation refugee and curator working with Asylum Seekers, these questions are of great personal and intellectual concern to us.

Who are you doing it for?

We are doing this project on behalf of all the 'citizens of nowhere' (Niccoló Milanese) being refused to have rights and pursuit of happiness; on behalf of future European citizens; and for the sake of post-national democracy of the 21st century.

Therefore we are addressing the following target groups:

Political decision makers
Think tanks and consultants
NGOs and civil society
Scientists and Researchers
Artists and activists
Refugees & Newcomers

Cultural and artistic Audiences (visitors in visual arts, performative arts, festivals, museums and cinema)
Students & pupils
Citizens (Citoyens)
Newcomers (refugees & 'worldless' people)

What makes your idea stand apart?

IF YOU WANT IT, EUROPE IS NOT A DREAM, is a filmic roadmovie, and artistic installation, a utopian documentary on the state of the thinking of democracy in the 21st century. It starts from a 'hyperstitional' thought-experiment in order to raise possible (instead of real) and improbable (instead of probable) futures. By this we broaden the approaches to European discourses in terms of content, form and audience developments and bridge the gaps between politics, culture and everyday life. By exploring the implementation of a fictional model within the political, administrative, legal or scientific decision making process as if it were real, we create REAL IMAGINATIONS that open the existing world towards the world of the possible.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 70019,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Office expenses: 5.100,- Travel costs: 7.140,- Accomodation: 7.280,- Tech/Event: 2.000,- Fees & honoraries: 7.500,- Public Relations: 5.500,- Unforseen: 1.499,- Personnel Costs: 34.000,-

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Recommendations and personal introductions to cities, spaces, art and/or film festivals, schools, parliaments etc. to show our film are very welcome!



Idea created on Jan. 19, 2018
Last edit on May 22, 2018

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