Politics and the Production of Space

Written by Theresa Wiedemann on . Posted in Tightrope Walking

The exhibition Written City at the Bruges Cultural Centre, Belgium, looks at the spatial organization of the city and the state as a product of often conflicting political intentions. The exhibition analyzes the relationships between several political discourses and their design, interpretation and control of the urban and national space.

The development of urban and national space often presupposes forms of physical or symbolic inclusion and exclusion as we can watch it in the Middle East in our times. In that respect the exhibition deals with a number of spatial metaphors such as barricades, boundaries and fences or so-called “gated communities,” and at the same time the destruction or penetration of these types of partition.

 

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How do politics and urban areas influence eachother? This is the question arousen by this exhibition.

Banksy in Gaza

Written by Thomas Büsch on . Posted in Tightrope Walking

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  • “Bomb Damage,” appears to be inspired by Rodin’s famous sculpture “The Thinker.”
  • Another piece shows the silhouettes of children riding an amusement park swing that is circling around a guard station that punctuate the length of the West Bank barrier.
  • In another painting a huge white kitten appears to toy with a ball of coiled metal.

The British graffiti artist Bansky has taken his politically charged message to the bombed-out neighborhoods of Gaza, where a series of murals amid a backdrop of devastation attempts to give voice to the desperation felt by Palestinians.

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