Peter Mörtenböck & Helge Mooshammer
research and writings on art, architecture and politics


RESEARCH


OTHER MARKETS
--
Mapping typologies and conditions of informality:
How informal markets intersect with global governance



NETWORKED CULTURES
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The struggle for new forms of artistic practice in an era of global deregulation



WORLD OF MATTER
--
An ecological view on resource politics



SEA OF MARBLE
--
Looking out to the sea: A navigational convergence on the imaginary and the realities of the sea




EXHIBITIONS

World of Matter
@ HMKV Dortmund
@ James Gallery New York
@ Ellen Gallery Montreal


Networked Cultures -
documentary


Gunners & Runners


Trading Places


Networked Cultures


Gone City


Temporary Zones


Operation Desert


You'll Never Walk Alone





OPERATION DESERT

exhibited @

Borderline Cases, Art Gallery of Windsor, Canada, 2006

published in
MONU #08
March 2008,
ISSN: 1860-3211

BORDER URBANISM

with contributions by

Joep van Lieshout, STAR, Simone Cartier & Katrin Gimmel, Peter Mörtenböck & Helge Mooshammer, Ines Lüder, Dominique Hurth & Ciarán Walsh, Pelin Tan, Horng-Chang Hsieh & Vittaya Ruangrit, Umi, Teddy Cruz, Arjan Harbers & Kristin Jensen, Federico Diaz de Leon Orraca, Annemarie Strihan, Jaroslav Kubera, Daan Roggeveen, Lukas Feireiss, Justin A. Langlois and Vesta Nele Zare



Operation Desert

A trivial shortcut referring to the nature of the designated space of action, ‘Operation Desert’ is a codename readily used by US policies to label military interventions in the Middle East. Closer to home, at the Canadian-US borderland, however, it could be used to describe the urban wastelands left behind by cross-border capitalism and ruthless exploitation of land and human resources. A case in point along the border separating Canada and the United States are the post-industrial cities of Detroit and Windsor. In terms of urban and social prosperity they have both born the brunt of the restructuring of the automotive industry since the 1970s.

This has not just affected the physical richness of the urban space but also the social fabric of ethnic communities that had responded to the demand for workers and formed these spaces through their transnational migrant networks, as has been the case along Wyandotte Street in Windsor, the so-called Lebanese Street. This strip once formed the nucleus of a working class community arriving from the Middle East that has now suffered on the hands of US-capitalism, following the fate of many an American city. Today, Windsor’s city centre has been taken over by the contemporary American border economy of strip clubs, dingy bars and gambling halls. The Mosque and School of Ahlul-Bayt on Wyandotte Street borders upon ‘Adult by Choice’ and ‘Adult Entertainment’, the latter of which offered for rent already again. Their closed doors mark off an urban desert where it is impossible to distinguish between interior and exterior, exception and rule, and legality and illegality.

The border is a divided fiction that, dependent on the desired type of spatial and social organisation, gives rise to a particular material form. It is a place where the forces of production and migration meet in narrow channels, forming a marginalized territory of contested enclaves, buffer zones, military areas, protective strips and no man’s land: an intensified supply and negotiation space of geopolitical warfare.


Mosque & School of Ahlul-Bayt on Wyandotte Street, Windsor




14 March 2008 - New Issue:
MONU #08 - BORDER URBANISM
Magazine on Urbanism


(browse the entire issue #8 on YouTube)

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see also

MONU #05 - BRUTAL URBANISM

'Happy Slapping Urban Violence in the Age of Camera Phones', Monu #05 - Magazine on Urbanism (Brutal Urbanism - Violence and Upheaval in the City), 2006

pdf.file - online




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OCCUPY:
Räume des Protests
Space (Re)Solutions:
Intervention and Research in Visual Culture
Netzwerk Kultur:
Die Kunst der Verbindung in einer globalisierten Welt
Zwischen Architektur und Psychoanalyse
Networked Cultures:
Parallel Architectures and the Politics of Space
Cruising:
Architektur, Psychoanalyse und Queer Cultures
Visuelle Kultur:
körper, räume, medien
Die virtuelle Dimension:
Architektur, Subjektivität und Cyberspace