‘ 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?’
Today and tomorrow in Bratislava
‘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)
link to the article
short clip showing the activities that led to the exhibitions SK/AT in Vienna and Bratislava in autumn 2014.
thanks to Jakub Šípoš for the video!
aktualne.atlas.sk: Aren’t you afraid that Wolfsthal will change to a Slovak village – that there will be more Slovaks than Austrians?
Gerhard Schödinger: Not at all. Firstly, we are not planning any further big development projects, secondly, the citizenship state in one’s passport is of second-range importance to me. People living here are simply Wolfsthal people to me and therefore members of the community.
I always tell the skeptics that we all have the same visions on how to live well. So where’s the problem? And according to this rule we behave in Wolfsthal and building the infrastructure testifies this. We’re glad that life came to the community together with young families.
An interview with Wolfsthal’s mayor Gerhard Schödinger about Wolfsthal’s development, its focus on middle class and young families, about relationship to Bratislava or Vienna and about details of cooperation between villages and city parts.
Read more in Slovak: http://aktualne.atlas.sk/starosta-wolfstahlu-slovakom-sme-povedali-aby-sa-zdravili/slovensko/spolocnost/
The documentary by ORF about Kittsee (Slovak immigration, village planing, the changing conditions in the village on the border with Slovakia) can be viewed online (movie in German).
This is the documentary the Slovak boulevard responded to with a biased reaction.
photo – project Stadlnova
Stadlnova is a fictive suburb somewhere between Bratislava and Vienna, providing the base for a creative research platform about marginal(ized) aspects of these cities, their region and all the in-betweens. It unfolds a new space of the possible between here and there, center and periphery, growth and recession, archaeology and utopia. A space, where participation and collaboration are facilitated, infected by a genuine curiosity in peripheries.
Read more about the project here: http://stadlnova.col-me.info