Frontiers and the Architecture of Warfare. Index's first exhibition for the autumn focuses on the construction of the frontier as a concept in contemporary geo-politics. A frontier that can no longer be considered as a solid line between two geographic areas and bears no relation to the increasing diffuse concepts of war and peace.
Frontiers and the Architecture of Warfare
Nadav Harel, Michel Khleifi, Ed Osborn, Eyal Sivan, Eyal Weizman, et al.
Curators: Anselm Franke, Rafi Segal and Eyal Weizman in collaboration with Index
Ed OsbornÂ¹s film Â²FlyoverÂ² is an eloquent portrayal of colonialismÂ¹s utopian lands. 'An unknown spot on a mapÅ would end up known as a white spot,Â¹ according to Osborn. And AntarcticaÂ¹s white vastness represents the only place where this custom correctly represents reality.
A prerequisite for territorial demands, applicable to both former colonialists as well as todayÂ¹s forces of occupation, is the conception of the deserted land, white spots on the map marking possible zones for expansion. This conception rests on interpreting the existing culture as defective and uncivilised, an interpretation that must be asserted by military, ideological and economic power. However, the white spots on a map are more like colonialistsÂ¹ blind spots and the empty areas need to be constructed in order to be occupied. At the border separating the occupierÂ¹s area from the radical other, a frontier is established, where conflicts and power structures are activated and made apparent.
IndexÂ¹s first exhibition for the autumn focuses on the construction of the frontier as a concept in contemporary geo-politics. A frontier that can no longer be considered as a solid line between two geographic areas and bears no relation to the increasing diffuse concepts of war and peace.
The exhibition includes a new film by Eyal Weizman and Nadav Harel about contemporary urban warfare, a war that borrows from city planning and where the destruction of infrastructure is an effective and frequent weapon.
A central work in the exhibition is also Palestinian Michel Khleifi and Israeli Eyal SivanÂ¹s film 'Route 181Â¹, a four-hour long journey through their common homeland. They travel according to the borders established in November 1947 by United NationsÂ¹ Resolution no. 181 which would have divided Palestine into two states Â one Jewish and one Arabic. Reactions to the resolution lead to the first Israeli-Arab war and the conflict that began during the British mandate 1920 Â 1948 still has not been resolved. During their two-month journey in the summer 2002, both filmmakers met people living along a border that never came into existence. From south to north, they interview Israelis and Palestinians, under humble conditions and without preparation, who all give their perspective about the current situation.
Â²Territories, Fronts and the Architecture of WarÂ² is an exhibition that can be considered an extension of the comprehensive exhibition Â²TerritoriesÂ² that premiered at the Kunstwerke in Berlin and later at Witte de With in Rotterdam and at MalmÃ¶ Konsthall. One of the building blocks of the exhibition was Â²A Civilian Occupation, The Politics of Israeli ArchitectureÂ², a project by Israeli architects Eyal Weizman and Rafi Segal. Their research record how Israeli architecture and town planning has been used strategically in the on-going conflict since the first half of the 20th century and onward.
This exhibition is part of Xposeptember 2004.
Anselm Franke, Rafi Segal and Eyal Weizman will visit Stockholm in connection to the exhibition.
Eyal Weizman will hold a lecture during XposeptemberÂ¹s premier weekend at Kulturhuset, 11-12 September. For more information please see www.xposeptember.se. Rafi Segal will hold a lecture in collaboration with The Swedish Architect Stockholm Society. For more info please contact Index. Eyal Weizman and Anselm Franke have contributed texts to the Xposeptember magazine, which is available at the festivalÂ¹s participating institutions.
Thanks to The Swedish Architect Stockholm Society, Konstfack - the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, MOMENTO! Paris, Moabgruppen and MIFAB.
For more information and press pictures, please contact Index. The exhibition programme at Index is curated by Andreas Gedin, Helena Holmberg, Mats Stjernstedt and Niklas Ã–stholm.
Opening, Wednesday, 8 September, 5 Â 8 p.m.
open: Tue-Sun 12-4 pm, Wed 12-7 pm
Image: still from Michel Khleifi and Israeli Eyal SivanÂ¹s film 'Route 181Â¹
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