MAXXI, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts

The Art of Bordering: Economies, Performances and Technologies of Migration Control

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The Art of Bordering

Photos: Myriam Boyer

The Art of Bordering is an art-science event merging an academic conference and an exhibition in order to discuss the material and symbolic construction of the Mediterranean as a border zone, the governance and politicization of migration control, the strategies of adaptation, contestation and subversion of “Fortress Europe” developed by migrants and European citizens.

During three days, Italian, French, German, and British academics, journalists and artists debate how new technologies, geopolitical conflicts and socio-economic inequalities have transformed both migration flows and the material, political and symbolic dimensions of borders in the 21st

The Art of Bordering will compare the different and overlapping ways in which art, technology and the social sciences address contemporary bordering dynamics. This strategic comparison aims to highlight the different and interrelated ways in which borders have become strategic places for the performance and observation of the symbolic representations, political agencies and governmental techniques at work in contemporary neoliberal societies.

By enabling discussions between academics, artists and the public, this conference/exhibition will facilitate the exchange between the different approaches, tools and devices through which border processes may be represented, deciphered and deconstructed. The debates, links, quotations, transfers and exemplifications, will also help problematizing the boundaries existing between these fields of knowledge and practice.


Organizing Committee
Cédric Parizot, Filippo Celata, Raffaella Coletti, Heidrun Friese,
Nicola Mai, Alessio Rosati, Benoit Tadié, Antoine Vion

Art Curator
Isabelle Arvers

antiAtlas of Borders, MAXXI, LabexMed (Aix-Marseille Université, Fondation A*MIDEX), Institut Français d’Italie, Dipartimento MEMOTEF (La Sapienza), Institut de Recherche et d’Etudes sur le Monade Arabe et Musulman (CNRS, Aix Marseille Université), Laboratoire de Sociologie du Travail (CNRS, Aix Marseille Université), Laboratoire Méditerranéen de Sociologie (CNRS, Aix Marseille Université), Temps, Espaces, Langages, Europe Méridionale – Méditerranée (CNRS, Aix Marseille Université), Ecole Supérieure d’Art d’Aix en Provence, PACTE (CNRS; Université de Grenoble)