maib14 workshop by Kai Vöckler & Lilet Breddels Nov 7-10 – campus Sint-Lucas Brussels

borderland europe – how to workshop

Advisers: Kai Vöckler, Lilet Breddels (Archis) with Gideon Boie

In the history of the XXth century, already before the official advent of “globalization”, especially in the case of the European territories, both in the form of the emergence of supra-­‐national (super)borders, and in the form of a progressive dismantling of the multiple administrative functions of the national borders : some being steadily reinforced (particularly the police function, controlling the flows of immigrants, etc.), others being weakened and separated from the borderline (e.g. the monetary independence, the fiscal control, etc.). As a consequence, the constitutive relationship between territory, population and sovereignty, is no longer taken for granted, at least when seen “from outside”. It tends to be replaced by various forms of mobile equilibrium between “internal” and “external” conflicting forces, and substituted by stronger and broader “global borders”, which appear as territorial projections of the political World Order (or disorder).

Etienne Balibar, Europe as Borderland, 2004


View the program as pdf here.


The workshop aims to give participants an introduction to various forms of learning by using different research methods with a focus on the issue o f »Borderland Europe – How to Enter Brussels«. We want to achieve with the participants a basis for a better understanding of different ways space is generated, by law and its enforcement, by the various practices of people etc. The four approaches are:

  1. Mapping
  1. Desk research > analyzing virtual information to enter Brussels (legal/illegal), mapping arrival/departure points, travel devices, routes (and borders) -­‐ systemizing
  1. Field research > photos, interviews, drawings of meeting points, arrival/departure points
  1. Theory research / reflections (Etienne Balibar, Bittner/Hackenbroich/Vöckler a. )




Plese read the theoretical articles before the workshop. The articles will be delivered the week before.


-­‐ 1 vectorized map of the world (free download) The same map should be used by all participants (!)

1 vectorized map of europe(free download – probably use a zoom in of the worldmap, define one singular map used by all participants, Europe should include also black sea/Russia (can be partly), Turkey, Georgia, Armenia

don’t forget Greenland (can be partly), Iceland, Cyprus

-­‐ So that at the end all maps can be included in one file (Illustrator, each map by participants should have his own folder – if possible this should be done by one person/volumteerly)

-­‐ Mapping

-­‐ each participant marks his/her country of origin black, if she/he is not from Europe, please write down in the corner country of origin

-­‐ map the regulation for you (your nationality) to enter the EU/Belgium

Please discuss together different forms of visa (no visa needed, tourist visa limited/30 days, other visa), systemize and reduce to the 4-­‐5 main visa rules and give each one colour. The scheme should be used by all participants ( also reference example Bauhaus Kolleg).

a) world map: mark your country of origin (1 colour. – colour scheme should be for all participants the same, see above)

mark different ways of access to your country for the rest of the world (visa needed etc., differentiated in colours)

b) map of europe write your country of origin into the corner

mark the way of access to europe from your country to europe/Brussels

Also discuss if the visa gives only access to Belgium or also to EU. If possible include beside the information about accessibility also the costs and the time to get it.

If possible one person (if we find someone who would like to do it volunteerly it would be great) should add all maps in 1 illustrator-­‐file in different layers (each map 1 layer, the maps itself should be also in layers), so that we can switch through: maybe also an animation can be worked out (gif?).

-­‐ Print the maps in color (A4), hang it and group it – try to systemize to show accessibility please use standard format A4 horizontal always

If possible we will have a documentation of your work afterwards in A4 horizontal, so please keep always results in this format, write down in left corner below small your names and country of origin

-­‐ systemize and built groups


-­‐  due to the systemization/grouping we should have about 5-­‐8 groups of people with different accessibilities to Belgium

-­‐ Desk research > analyzing virtual informations to enter Brussels

-­‐ please check how to travel to Belgium (legal and illegal)

-­‐ check ways of travel and devices (legal, illegal)

-­‐ find the spots of arrival/departure in Brussels on the map, mark it
    use a vectorized map of Brussels

-­‐ with what kind of transport carriers do people come to Brussels (legal, illegal, differentiated to the groups mentioned above)

-­‐ how is this communicated in countries of origin

-­‐ where do I get the informations virtually

-­‐ summarize and print out – please use standard format A4 horizontal always

-­‐ mark out the places to go on Wednesday and prepare how you will find your information.

-­‐ What could be the visual clues in the city to the existence of these hubs?

-­‐ discussion and first conclusions in the late afternoon/evening


-­‐ Field research > photos, interviews, drawings of meeting points, arrival/departure points

-­‐ going out in Brussels: documenting/mapping nodes, actors, networks

-­‐ how does the departure/arrival points look like

-­‐ how do I get the informations physically in the city (meeting points, ticket agencies…)


-­‐ Theoretical framing

Print and hang out results, presentation by each group, collective discussion about results in relation tot he theoretical frame, defining our results

Post production (if possible)

It would be nice to have all results in a document (PDF, A4 horizontal) to share with all participants

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