Parallel Borders. Monuments & Shrines to Capitalism III


Curated by Mark Mangion

27 September → 18 October 2014
Forum Stadtpark Graz, Austria

For the final presentation of the first edition of Parallel Borders at Forum Stadtpark in Graz and part of the 2014 Steirischer Herbst Festival, the history and documentation of the public project are renegotiated in the gallery space as a cancelled out and remapped and mythical process of the original document. The exhibition presents a series of films, objects, images and performance throughout the interior of the gallery and in specific exterior spaces of the park.
The first edition of Parallel Borders, Monuments & Shrines to Capitalism proposes a collaboration with 8 artists in 8 cities in Europe at the end of 2012. This cross-border project questions ideas of consumption and power, protest and awakening, pilgrimage and fracture, architecture, monument and shrine reflecting a decay in western culture propelled by an addiction to capitalism. Commencing in Athens, a journey to Reykjavik via stops in many of the most significant cultural, political, historical and financial cities of Europe was embarked upon marking a cacophonous and politically engaged fault line from South East to North West Europe. Questioning capitalist monoliths, a series of temporary projects were created engaging with public, private and virtual spaces. Working with deliberately low production values in various media, these public interventions sought contrasting interactions with various elements of these cities projecting a temporal destabilization of an urban fabric and community.

Parallel Borders is an extensive cross-field collaborative platform reflecting upon geopolitical and spatial narratives and physical borders via cyber, public and other highly accessible public structures. Repositioning works, employing various media including architecture, film, text, objects and images, craft and performance, these are collectively mapped out via a continuous virtual space, founded upon relationships to archiving of historical, visual and philosophical connections to time, place and change. Thinking about ideas of adaptable space in flux and ideas of renewal, the project sets out to question parameters of interdisciplinary platforms and the renegotiation of the physical within the context of virtual space and vice versa.
A series of collaborations were initiated in 2012, generating a discourse with a diversity of artists and practitioners from other fields, invited to contribute to an explorative platform of site-specific fieldwork in various regions around the world. A journey was embarked upon, creating a foundation for historical research and anthropological mapping, storytelling and geo-political cultural examination against a backdrop of a deflating capitalism, environmental instability, technological revolution and ideas and disputes of borders; physical, territorial, scientific, philosophical.