Almost thirty years have passed since the fall of communism. That period provides an enormous amount of information about the transition experiences of nearly thirty countries. It also allows a much fuller analysis of moves from authoritarianism, central planning, and collectivism to democracy, market economics, and individualism than had been possible in the past.
The Red Lines project takes this socio-political transition process as a starting point, focusing on four countries: Germany, Cuba, Tajikistan, and Ukraine. We want to analyze these countries in terms of the symbolic transformation of the socialist past and its incorporation into the nowadays urban mosaic of digital media, globalization, and privatization.
We are interested in making visible the underlying conflicts between private and public spaces.
How has this abrupt transition from communal and supra-collectivized societies to decentralized and private living environments manifested itself?
What role does technology play in this process, and how does it reconfigure our notion of private and public?
What are the most remarkable similarities between the different processes of change experienced in the four countries beyond the historical and cultural differences?
Subsequently, we will develop several anthropological kinds of research using media such as photography, video, and sound. We will work from the peculiarities of the urban space that highlight the mutations of the communist past in the new patterns of the contemporary city. The final objective of these actions is the creation and publication of a web platform where all the work done will be socialized.
Tools: Various methods to highlight the connection between post-tot communities across the world, including interventions, performances, a virtual map, and a visual archive.
Gathering the archive of visual connection between countries through the reinvention of borders between private and public, recreating a map of communities based on what really matters, conducting series of performances involving the psychogeography, hybrid (online-offline) exhibition, interventions, and others.
Map of an Ideal Community