BAUM (BratislavA Umland Management) is a project of transborder cooperation between Bratislava and neighboring Austrian villages. Its aim is to coordinate the urbanistic plan of Bratislava, its city parts and Austrian villages and towns.
The project has been running since 2011. Part of the larger public discussion had been the eventual building of hydropower plant in the region and a pipeline. One of the most recent outputs is Urbanistic study of development of border parts of Bratislava and neighboring villages. Bratislava as being the main partner of the project organizes a public discussion on the results of architectural competition for this study until July 25th.
As a part of it, the citizens can attend a public meeting on July 7th at 6 pm in the Mirror Hall of Primatial Palace in Bratislava.
The village of Bildein saw their their geographic position directly on the border with Hungary not only as an opportunity to base their identity upon, but also as a main characteristics to foster tourism in this village with altogether less than 350 citizens (2011). One of their activities is ‘Grenzerfahrungsweg,’ /to be roughly translated as ‘walk of border experience’/ focused on a reflection of what a border means through specific stations, introducing also WWII and Iron Curtain. They offer a variety of activities for tourists, where they also do not forget to introduce local (transborder) cuisine.
In their projects, they collaborate also with neighboring villages in Hungary.
Read more about the walk here (website in German): http://www.bildein.at/grenzerfahrungsweg/
Bildein provides a rich example of how can a place (self-)define the notion of a border. Which kind of vocabulary connected to the main concept of ‘border’ is being created by their own approach? How is their own positioning affected by the distance to a bigger city/town?
An exhibition dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Iron Curtain, examining the development of Kittsee and ‘the greater space of Bratislava’ in 1948 – 1989. The exhibition presents mainly political and historical events connected with the given time through panels with photographs and objects. Examples of daily life in Austria or former Czechoslovakia are also present on this exhibition.
For the upcoming art project, SK/AT, the exhibition provides material and information to challenge what we know about ‘the other’ side, what might the possible stereotypes and blind spots and how might be these connected to the way we learned history.
Curator: Mag. phil. Benedikt Wallner
open June 14th – October 17th 2014 weekends (Sat, Sun) 10 – 18 or open for groups with guided tours (requires pre-registration)
press photograph to the event Bild (v.l.): Nach der Ausstellungseröffnung im Schloss Kittsee: Vzbgm. Franz Buchta, Klubobmann Rudolf Strommer, Bgm.in Dr. Gabriele Nabinger, Marillenkönigin Sandra Wuketits, LH Hans Niessl, GR Maria Bezenek-Salvamoser, GV Karin Darnai. Bildquelle: Bgld. Landesmedienservice