Feature by Jürgen Rendl about the intervention on Main Railway Station Bratislava, Slovakia on Radio Slovakia International. Feature in German.
see more photos from the event by Lucia Mandincová
Image source: Hyperloop Transport Technologies
Hypertropy of the periphery? Plans to build hyperloop between Bratislava, Vienna and Budapest. Will it lead under Fico’s fence?
A journey from Bratislava to Budapest via Vienna can currently take up to five hours by train. But according to the firm, that journey could be cut to just 18 minutes if and when the system is fully operational.
Slovakia is a technological leader in the automotive, material science and energy industries – many of the areas that are integral to the Hyperloop system. (…)Having a European Hyperloop presence will incentivise collaboration and innovation within Slovakia and throughout Europe
Dirk Ahlborn, Hyperloop’s chief executive
a short reader on this topic:
*well, good luck to everybody who’s going from Bratislava to Budapest via Vienna…
‘ A commemorative event for the occasion of anniversary of November ’89, in Old Market, Bratislava.
In the present situation of Europe, some memories overlap with the reality. New fences in creation on southern borders of Europe are in contrast with tearing down the fences which once built the Iron Curtain. Many in our society stand in front of dilemma – is it a symbol of freedom for which we jingled the keys for – the freedom to guard the fences from our side of the border against the stream of refugees, or to help those, which exhausted and without a shelter do stand on the other side of the fence?’
‘Abroad, Google Maps has waded into raw, tender issues of national identity. For example, take its depiction of Crimea on maps.google.com, where a dashed line reflects the U.S. view that the area is an occupied territory. But in Russia, on maps.google.ru, the boundary line is solid — Russia has officially annexed Crimea. “We work to provide as much discoverable information as possible so that users can make their own judgments about geopolitical disputes,” wrote Robert Boorstin, the director of Google’s public policy team, in an interview with Washington Monthly. Maps served from Russian servers must adhere to Russian laws and the Russian worldview, according to Google. But the company can’t possibly create enough maps to make everyone happy. Below, we’ve collected notable examples of how Google’s maps of disputed territories differ depending on who’s looking at them.’
See examples at
Today, a presentation of the project SK/AT will be held.
Wasserturm (Water Tower)
Hainburg an der Donau
(part of the Lange Nacht der Türme)
‘In connection to the gradually growing migration of citizens of Bratislava and its surroundings to the bordering neighborhoods in Austria, the city quarter Rusovce came with the initiative for a regular bus line Rusovce – Kittsee. The negotiations started in August last year. Until now no real progress… ‘
(article in Slovak)
I grew up behind the Iron Curtain, like many people in Eastern and Central Europe. All my life I wanted to go behind the Wall, to go on the other side. But in fact I never saw the Wall. It was difficult to get close, they wouldn’t let us. To try to get close meant that you are trying to escape. But in spite of that the Wall was present all the time in my mind. I wanted to get out of the cage, to see what was on the other side. I knew that what they were telling us was not true, that they were trying to manipulate us. I wanted to learn for myself what the truth is.
Exiles, 1968, Wall… Josef Koudelka’s work makes borders visible, while his personal story of a nomad, based upon his work and views. He has been crossing many borders, challenging the ‘Old World’ by that. Which role does his testimony of isolation and communication play in these days?
Read the whole interview here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sylvia-sukop/confronting-borders-old-and-new_b_6891466.html