Where are the Borders?
“REDline’07_Where are the Borders?” desires to correlate two moments, post-modernity and European Union enlargement to east, and to think about how one influences the other. The dilution of national borders (within Europe), promoted and caused both by technical developments and by the latest political transformations, had the consequence of making other borders more visible. Limits and differences within the nation states that until then were buried are now encouraged and promoted under the label of cultural diversity.
In response to globalization and covered by the current politic and economic stability in Europe, we witness a fragmentation of the union (almost always peaceful) promoted by small communities and / or ethnic or linguistic minorities. These divisions follow almost invariably demarcated lines of a cultural specificity and are intended as a protection from globalization. In a second stage, the opening of borders allowed the redefinition of spaces within the limit of our own cities. The phenomena of immigration and foreign communities (African, Maghrebi, Turkish, etc.). Our communital space begins to be perceived as a interior region that lacks programs and facilities for the integration of these new groups.
Similarly, cultural differences caused by different levels of access to education and schooling, the understanding of class not only as economic difference but also, and especially, as cultural difference is another element of a redesigning of our self-image as a whole. From the concept of border as what divides us from the outside and defines as a univocous identity, we move to a more complex concept in which the study of the limit itself is the study of our common body, of the distance between its inter-dependent individual parts, often overlapping themselves on the same geographic space.
Border is now understood as a mental concept, we do not have charts and maps based on the objectivity of the territory. The conflict between our parties is cultural and played at home. The Red line is set within our bodies. The post modern body is fragmented, the character of the author lost the totality that was once conferred to it by the isolation of an exile and now lives, intimately, a shattered multiplicity.