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The Evening of Knowbotic Research

The Evening of Knowbotic Research was part of DEAF07.

13
 
Apr 2007
 
20:00 to 22:30

The Evenings of... Four events in which special guest curators, artists and theorists who have developed unique positions in art and culture are invited to create their own à la Carte ‘Evening of …’, as a platform to expose, showcase and question today’s state of unstable media.

BlackBenz Race (BBR) is a semi-fictitious car race throughout Europe with a convoy of black Mercedes cars. The race traces and makes visible the translocal space produced by Kosovo-Albanian migration across Europe. BBR explores the intersection of public spheres and migrant networks by using the metaphor of the (illegal) car race. The ‘Black Benz' represents both a status symbol, and a symbol of the mobility that is inherent in migrant culture. The site of that mobility is the corridor along which the cars travel, from Pristina and Tirana to Zurich, Rotterdam, or London. The Black Benz is both a tool and a symbol, a vehicle for trading and trafficking of people and goods, as well as a sign of economic success. Within street racing, many of these different readings are collapsed, often under the sensationalist gaze of the mass media.The project is located in the field of tension between the emotionally charged metaphor of the race (with its allusions to swift, uninterrupted passage through space) and the realities of moving through socio-political space full of visible and invisible barriers, detours and unexpected encounters.


Waiting-for-the-start at: William Boothlaan 8, Rotterdam
Live: Bim Bimma (.NR.), rapper Pristina

DEAF Festival Rotterdam, The evening of Knowbotic Research, RO Theater
Guests in Rotterdam: Sezgin Boynik, sociologist Pristina/Istanbul, Bim Bimma (.NR.), rapper Pristina
krcf in collaboration with:
Live-Video: Gabriel Sandru, Re-blog: Fabian Vögeli, Silvan Zurbruegg, Context: Felix Stalder, moderation: Andreas Broeckmann

view at: http://blog.blackbenz.ch


This Evening is supported by and in collaboration with the Goethe Institut Rotterdam.

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