Graffiti, Ankerbrotfabrik, June 2013

by Daniele Karasz

Shifting the ground on the “Island of Crete”

About migrants, brownfields and urban renewal in Vienna

Brownfields and the question of their reuse play a significant role in urban renewal projects. My research focuses on the reuse of different urban brownfields in Vienna. The aim is to comprehend the processes of reuse, to understand what kind of state and non-state actors are involved and how the processes of reuse are acted out. The research project particularly focuses on the involvement of migrants as actors in these processes. I thus look at the positions of migrants in urban restructuring processes in Vienna without taking the city itself, or a certain pre-defined group of migrants as an entry point to the analysis. The point of departure is the transformation of urban brownfields. Continue Reading →


Urban actions | Being part of the city landscape © migrantas

by migrantas

a visual language of migration

Working with public urban spaces as its platform, migrantas aims to make visible the thoughts and feelings of those who have left their own country and now live in a new one.

Mobility, migration and transculturality are not the exception in our world, but are instead becoming the rule. Nevertheless, migrant women and their experiences remain often invisible to the majority of our society.

Migrantas works with issues of migration, identity and intercultural dialogue. Their work incorporates tools from the visual arts, graphic design and social sciences. Members of the collective, mostly women who have themselves immigrated to Germany, develop the projects with other migrant women in a horizontal dialogue. Continue Reading →


“Baklava transport” on Keupstraße, Cologne, photo by Paula Altmann, 2012

“Baklava transport” on Keupstraße, Cologne, photo by Paula Altmann, 2012

by Erol Yildiz and Marc Hill

From Migrant to Post-Migrant

If you start saying something new, especially when it concerns supposed lines of difference, as in talk on migration, that is always associated with resistance against established patterns of interpretation. In the resistance by young migrants who narrate tales of immigration that differ from those of their (grand)parents and what is generally familiar, we can discern a development from the migrant to what we would like to term the post-migrant. Biographical approaches to the everyday world of young migrants often reveal just how distant and removed their lives are from the traditional reproach of a purported “parallel society.” However, there are also special musical groups, theatrical plays, literary works and films that come straight to the point, encapsulating in a provocative manner the post-migrant element as subversive praxis pitched against hegemonial attributions. Continue Reading →

Patria Mia – Nomad Direction

documentary by Duska Zagorac

>>I started off by making a film about the Chinese in Bosnia but in the process realized I was also making a film about the Bosnians in exile. At the same time, I found myself a mere observer of the new Bosnia, a society I no longer belonged to. So Patria Mia became almost like a letter to my lost country <<

Duska Zagorac, director

Here is the interview that I did with the director of the movie Patria Mia – Nomad Direction, Duska Zagorac, on transnational identities and Chinese community in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The movie Patria Mia was part of the project „Bosnia and Herzegovina: In Search for Lost Identity“. What does lost identity mean for you?

The idea behind this project was that each director would make a film that would interpret the theme in a very personal way. This meant that the twelve films that were made as part of this project were all very different.

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Networked _001

by Peter Mörtenböck

>>Like the thresholds of consistency and constraint, the threshold of deterritorialisation is not evolutionary but rather coexists with the flows yet to cross it. While the stability of territorialisation may serve to control the flows of migration and trade across borders as well as the endurance of the borders themselves, deterritorialising pressures such as the increasing flow of financial resources or the mobility of legal or illegal workers amplify the strength of networks and the extreme elasticity of their operations. What emerges through the untoward disruptions, dislocations and redirections provoked by these global manoeuvres is a new consciousness of spatiality, a new kind of space whose cohesion depends not so much on distance as on loose affiliations, political alignments, market relations and aesthetic imaginations. Continue Reading →

>> order to be able to stay mobile it is necessary for migrants to develop some local ties and to be embedded in specific localities.<<

Dahinden 2010: 52

Researching Transitory Urban Phenomena – Rajlovac 2009 and 2012

When I first visited Rajlovac, a suburb part of city of Sarajevo, in spring 2010 I found there a vivid city part, mostly populated by Chinese community. Beside the economic contribution through trading, these people “contributed to revitalization of this urban quarter without architects and urban planners”(Sirbegovic, 2011: 172). This renewed vivid city quarter is still here in 2012, what seems to be missing is Chinese community. It merged into a semi – industrial zone for Bosnian companies, with service and trading utilities. Continue Reading →