Ultra-Red - border sounds
  Year :   2001
  Location :   Various East European countries
  Worktype :   SoundWork
  Materials:   -
  Info :   PR No. 2.02.005 Release Date: April 1, 2005 Artist: WR Title: border sounds Series: Transistors

  Work Details  
  Part militant inquiry, part audio derive, border sounds was realized during a five week journey along the eastern border of the European Union. Conducted in July 2001, the expedition occurred within the framework of the NO Border, NO Nation Campaign in July 2001 at the time of the dramatic protests against the G8 in Genoa, Italy. While tracing the borderline demarcating the territory of Fortress EUrope, the protagonists of wr collected hours of field recordings, capturing the sounds of the particular surroundings along the way. Additionally, the artists made contact with different institutions and individuals who work along, through and for the border. These encounters appear on border sounds as fragments of interviews with border officials, patrol guards as well as migrants, migrant activists and representatives of refugee and human rights organizations. At the time of the expedition, wr stated: The amount of control and power we have experienced in Genova [during the G8 protests] is just a spectacular allegory of what migrants are experiencing every day inside and outside the EU. Schengen is a flexible fortress that can be built up everywhere, anytime. It makes you feel its power at the moment you decide to go inside the no-go-zone. Travelling from the Adriatic to the Baltic Sea to record the border as an auditive space proved a challenge for wr. For one reason, the EUs historical peace project continues to expand. In 2004, three years after the events of border sounds, the eastern border extended past Slovenia and Hungary, redrawing the territory mapped on the album. Secondly, the fortification project of the EU portrays its external borders as benignly permeable. The true border regime does not depend on a physical frontline marked with barbed wire and watchtowers. The databases of the Schengen Information System control the interior territory as much as the periphery (see Elliot Perkins album Eurodac Express, PR 2.02.002). Still, the reality of separation materializes directly at the territorial line of demarcation. On their conceptual journey through a modern imperial periphery, wr experienced armies of border guards and technologies of control. Approaching this machine, no matter whether one wants to record birds or the machines own rumbling, one finds control, identification, and criminalization. http://www.ultrared.org/