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ART-e-FACT, STRATEGIES OF RESISTANCE issue01: ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION [you are here] issue02: UTOPIA issue03: TECHNOMYTHOLOGIES issue04: GLOCALOGUE

ART WORK
STILL FROM FORTRESS EUROPE BY ZELIMIR ZILNIK
FILM
Fortress Europe
Želimir Žilnik
PASSPORT

Looking for a husband with an EU Passport
Tanja Ostojić
 
Fortress Europe
Želimir Žilnik
 
Passport
Andreja Kulunčić
 
WANTED
Ghazel
 
ART WORK
STILL FROM FORTRESS EUROPE BY ZELIMIR ZILNIK
FILM
Common Trip
Roman Ondak
JOURNEY

Two Journeys
Margarethe Makovec & Anton Lederer
 
Common Trip
Roman Ondak
 
Nothing Happens Accidentally
Aleksandar Battista Ilić
 
Border Crossing Services
Oliver Ressler & Martin Kren
 
Sing me a song ...
Maja Bajević
 

ART WORK
IMAGE OF THE CABANA BY PIA LINDMAN
PROPOSAL
The Cabana
Pia Lindman
IN-BETWEEN

The CaBana
Pia Lindman
 
Pairings
Grady Gerbracht
 
From an in-between place
Nedko Solakov
 
Guilty Landscapes
Ron Sluik
 
S.O.S. Binary sequence
Dalibor Martinis
 

ART WORK
IMAGE OF NO MORE BAD NEWS BY IVANA KESER
POSTCARD
NO MORE BAD NEWS
Ivana Keser
POSTCARDS

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A series of postcards created by artists, printed and given away.

 

ART WORK
IMAGE OF MEETING POINT: A SEARCH BY TANJA DABO
PHOTOG.
Meeting point: a search
Tanja Dabo
NEIGHBOURS

Meeting point: a search
Tanja Dabo
 
Beqiri's
Love Shop

Sokol Beqiri
 
The Fear of Newcomers
Ivana Keser
 
Liberty
Nebojša Šerić Šoba
 
Balkan - Ich wohne in berlin
Jovan Balov
 

ART WORK
GO_HOME BY DANICA DAKIC AND SANDRA STERLE
ACTION
Go_home
Danica Dakić & Sandra Sterle
HOME

Go_HOME
Danica Dakic & Sandra Sterle
 
Profession: Refugee
Svebor Kranjc
 
Migrant Navigator
Darko Fritz
 
One's Own Body as the Only Safe Haven
Boris Cvjetanović
 









ART WORK
THEORY

Thinking in Exile
or Otherwise than Being

For Heidegger there was a subtle metaphoric difference between the "House of Being" and "dwelling". The difference was made through the introduction of innocence, by descending from the highs of metaphysics to something that is closer to us: the dwelling is conceived as "being closer to something". The anecdote about Heraklit from "The Letter of Humanism" presents the un-readiness of man to accept such closeness, familiarity (namely, the visitors of Heraklit were disappointed that they had not found him in a deep philosophical contemplation but they saw him as he was warming up next to his stove).

According to Heidegger, the innocence of dwelling is in contrast to the pompousness of philosophy. The description of the dwelling as "concern", "care", "expectation of divinity" attributes an ethical tone to its interpretation. "The House of Being" is a metaphor that is used in order to bring us closer to the Being: with something familiar and known as the house we get closer to something so strange and alien, unknown and abstract as Being.

The 'House of Being' is the language itself. I live, I dwell means the same as I am.The dwelling consists of the four basic dimensions: earth, sky, divine and mortal. The house is what is known, familiar, and what can become a dwelling in any moment; a representation of what is invisible with what is invisible and unknown. The association between building, being and dwelling brings us to the thesis that the being can happen only within something that is closed, sheltered and fenced in. Such genealogical ideas about the space for living as a space that enables the "constitution of the subject" can also be found in Foucault's writing, and entails a space that is connected with an event and time.

According to Heidegger, the first trouble in life is not just the lack of a home but the continuous quest for the meaning of dwelling. Homelessness does not mean misery but a call for dwelling, building, during which the process of thinking becomes inevitable. Therefore, the house should not only be a shelter for the necessary dwelling but also for thinking while exempted from danger: acquirement of free space for reification of the essence of being; building/brackets in which framework the human being has the freedom to be just that.

Obviously, the exile from home and homeland sounds as it is, in an inevitable opposition to the condition of safeness under your own roof. Nevertheless, it questions the possibility of the concept of home and safeness as well as the concept of "House of Being". Taking into account the tragic circumstances of the acceptance and perverting of the whole Heideggerian philosophic system in Nazi Germany that indirectly lead to building the concentration camps as the most tragic form of dwelling ever known, and by the same token reminding that Levinas had written some of his most famous lines about the 'face of the Other' under such circumstances, we cannot but think the concept of dwelling as unpredictable and paradoxical. The "House of Being" is "otherwise" than Being and under no circumstances should be equalized that does not mean that it is not more comfortable to think and write besides your stove. Humans do not deserve homes only to be privileged and highly intellectual. That was exactly the hidden absurd of the Heideggerian concept: the desire to bring something incomprehensible 'down to earth', to put closer the abstract concept of Being to the 'ordinary' man by something that is familiar - the concept of dwelling hides the underestimation of the simple dwelling, so necessary and essential for living. It was not accident that such pretentious conceptualisation gave way to the biggest 'philosophic travesty' in the history. No doubt that the latest displacements of peoples and individuals in the Balkans brought light to the problems of unusual forms of dwelling: refugee camps, endless movements from one house to another, changing places, languages, authorities etc.

No doubt hardly any of all these people have had the time and will to write Levinasian or Heideggerian disputes about God and Being. The question that is raised will not be 'isn't their need of the warmth of home more urgent than the 'eternal quest of the meaning of dwelling'? No matter how populist I will sound by saying this, I would like to argue that the quest for dwelling necessarily brings the meaning of dwelling rather than other way around. Philosophy and dwelling should go along to each other, not to contrast to each other.

Hereby I do not mean that the denying of the need of quest for meaning of dwelling will therefore improve the situation of the 'moved out'. It is just the excuse paradoxically derived from the Heideggerian thinking that should be erased from any vocabulary: the so often heard thesis that people in exile think better and more sharply once that they were brought into dangerous and unpleasant conditions.









REPORTS
MAP
IMAGE OF BODO KAPING
INTERVIEW
Interview with Bodo Kaping
OVERVIEW

Trafficking
Lovorka Marinović
A booming sex slavery trade --trafficking and the exploitation of women

Migration as a Global & Local Problem
Božena Katanec
Freedom, frustration, and the countries in-between

Interview with Bodo Kaping
Oliver Ressler & Martin Kren
Excerpt from the video "Border Crossing Services",


 WRITINGS
LOOKING FOR A HUSBAND WITH AN EU PASSPORT BY TANJA OSTOJIC
ONLINE
Looking for a husband with an EU passport
Tanja Ostojić
THEORY

PRISONERS OF A GLOBAL PARANOIA
Žarko Paić
Ježevo as a permanent twilight zone between borders, politics and ideas.

Thnking in Exile
Suzana Milevska
I live, I dwell means the same as I am... Philosophical ideas connecting ourselves and our living spaces.

Jezevo - a story without a happy ending
Marina Gržinić
Ježevo as the cordon sanitaire of Europe.

Illegal migrants and late capitalism
Rastko Močnik
Unprecedented global inequality -- the final crisis of Capitalism?