Project on Creative Practices Beyond Borders Arts Interaction, Sonic Diaspora, Performativity Exchange

Border Reverb Gothenberg, Sonic Border London, Theatre Border Berlin, Cinema Border Copenhagen, Border Infection London



To challenge the (in)security and (in)sensibility of European immigration regimes, the Clandestino Festival presents Border Reverb. Joining forces with the Creativity Beyond Borders Beyond Text AHRC Network, led from the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths University of London, we bring a number of key thinkers to Sweden to rethink the Border and its politics.

Workshops and talks will offer challenges to restrictive immigration laws and practices and the ways these intersect with creativity, performance and artistic and musical opposition. Border Reverb will include keynote presentations by Eyal WeizmanJulian HenriquesAbhijit Roy and Rangan Chakravorty. The five-day session will begin with a special evening event on Tuesday, 8 June, with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak in conversation with John Hutnyk.

Border Reverb will examine the after effects of immigration and asylum policy, border and visa regulation and security surveillance, as well as ways in which activists, artists and musicians have engaged with border politics worldwide. Clandestino has always supported such critical thinking and this workshop is part of a push towards a new Europe – a Europe without exclusions. The workshop is accompanied by a video art screening curated by the LDN/BRU network (Benoit Loiseau & Joanna Figiel).

Border Reverb is part of Creativity Beyond Borders, an AHRC Beyond Text Research Network project that brings together researchers in India, London, Germany, Denmark and Sweden that work with the themes of borders, activism and the arts. The network developed around a series of week-long intensive research workshops, running in different cities from November 2008 to June 2010.

Sonic Border (London, November 2008) explored the way sound crosses the border differently, provoking a rethink of the border’s location – not just in ports, but between us all, in conversations, in ideas. Border Documents, in conjunction with CPH.DOX documentary film festival (Copenhagen, November 2009) considered the border as it unfolds in time/screen based media and examined the telematic border, CCTV and the scanning screens of the immigration check.

Highlights so far have included the successful workshop of Förvaret/Detention theatre piece that went on an extended run at the Göteborgs Stadsteater, Sweden. The run up to the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which coincided with our Berlin Theatre Border (Berlin, April 2009) meeting, gave prominece to the themes of memory, border and national bifurcation and reunification. In Border Infection, we continued the theme of peripatetic walks with a maritime and music themed exploration of the environs of Deptford, South-east London. An accompanying art exhibition curated by LDN/BRU raising the themes associated with the workshop featured artists from the Network.

Draft Programme:


Tuesday June 8th 2010 @ Clandestino Institut, House of Win Win

17.00–18.00 | Welcome reception

18.00–20.00 | Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak in conversation with John Hutnyk

Wednesday June 9th 2010, venue tbc

11.00–13.00 | Elena Papadaki, Rico Reyes, Ray Ganz et al

15.00–16.00 | Sarah Ralfs “The reverb of the author/director”

16.00–17.00 | Julian Henriques: “Vibratology: material, corporeal and political aspects of sounding”

18.00–20.00 | Eyal Weizman: “Forensic Architecture: Only the criminal can solve the crime” @ Clandestino Institut, House of Win Win

Thursday June 10th 2010, venue tbc

11.00–12.00 | Maria Mogren “Berlin. Brunnenstrasse” (film, 45 minutes)

12.00–13.00 | Jennifer Otter & Andrej Vuèenoviæ

15.00–17:00 | Raul Gschrey “Boder lines. against/between/about arts and borders”

Friday June 11th 2010, venue tbc

11.00–12.00 | Heidi Hausbruch & Rachel Palmer

11.00–12.00 | Abhijit Roy

13.00–15.00 | Per Wirtén i samtal med Olav Unsgaard: “Föraktet för förorterna” – att applicera postkolonial diskurskritik på staden.  Förorterna, dess  historiska rötter och vilka konsekvenser förortsföraktet får i dag. Medarrangör:  tidskriften Arena.

15.00–16.00 |  Carla Mueller–Schulzke: “Re–sounds of urban London”

16.00–17.00 | Rangan Chakravorty: “Bangla Bands”

18:30–20.30 | LDN:BRU films. “Border Reverb: rethinking the border and/in the art practice”.

Saturday June 12th 2010

11.00–13.00 | LDN-BRU films. “Border Reverb: rethinking the border and/in the art practice”.


See the Clandestino website for details of the fantastic accompanying Music Festival





Two meetings of a series of Beyond Text Network grant workshops have been held, in London Nov 08 and Berlin April 09, and the third is planned for Copenhagen in November 09. We have had guests from 12 countries, including as far away as India, Australia and Singapore. The network was has examined Creativity Beyond Borders and taken up themes from Music, Theatre and Film to rethink the ways that a number of different kinds of borders are conceived. In our discussions, the border was found to be porous, often contested, a contact zone, shifting and multiple. The ways that borders work between things, and between people, was found to be constitutive. We have had people sing in seminars, interrupt performances, walk the border of the city, present art works, and challenge preconceptions yada yada dada.

In ‘Sonic Border’ (London November 08), the theme of sound was conceived as a way to rethink the visual and geographic fixity of the border (pirate radio, for example, crosses the border in interesting ways), and the idea of vibration emerged as a possible model for opening up notions of analogue communication. A highlight was a presentation from Professor Les Back of his recordings of New Cross from the roof of the Goldsmiths Tower, using advanced sound equipment he was able to modulate a range of sounds – from sirens to school kids talking, that would normally be merely ‘din’ in what is the noisiest of London boroughs. Rangan Chakravorty and Paramita Brahmachari travelled from Kolkata to be with us, and Johannes Anyuru and Alexander Motturi introduced us to Clandestino. Camille Barbagello was great on the Cross Talk project and there were many other good things. At the end of the week another highlight was our trip to Coventry Cathedral to join the Noise of the past: Postcolonial War Requiem’ event, which included composition of a new War/Peace Requiem for the cathedral. We participated in the conference and attended the screening of films and the recital in the Cathedral. All very relevant to our discussions, this event with 800 people (organised by another AHRC project headed by Nirmal Puwar and Sanjay Sharma) was a great conclusion to our network meeting week.

At ‘Theatre Border’ (Berlin April 09) the performative apparatus was explored in a way that suggests a premium on attention. Those that cross the border perform in disguise, go covertly, or make use of diversions. Our ‘research’ here in part involved a series of guided investigative and documenting walks along parts of the ‘borders’ of Berlin, including the former wall. There were presentations about the wall from the Goethe Institute and from filmmaker activist Hito Steyerl, there were enactments of the border, and a peripatetic form of workshop organisation emerged, much to the delight I think of our guest from Kolkata, Rustom Bharucha, this followed by a brilliant visual (still and moving image) collation and presentation of the materials collected on the walks. These will be posted on the site in due course. Joan Marie Kelly came with images from Singapore and India and Miro Kaygalak and Raul Gschrey gave back to back provocations that worked really well.

In 'Border Documents' (Copenhagen November 2009 we joined the CPH.DOX documentary film festival to consider the border as it unfolds in time/screen based media - what does thinking about border activism and the telematic offer us? Topics included the border in television news, the in-focus out or focus role of CCTV in detention centres, the scanning screens of the immigration check, the civilian phone-cam expose of deportation and 'Torture Taxi' (special rendition) flights and more.

In 'Sonic Infection' (London March 2010), we think it important to address new constituencies and audiences/areas of work. The metaphor of infection, virus and health in relation to the myths and politics of Borders will be our organizing guide/prognosis.

More details in  on



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