Fencing Borders is an international documentary, exhibition and performance project that has been dealing with fences erected along the borders of the European Union since 2015. It starts from field research, documentation, interviewing and recording areas along each fenced border towards creation of multimedia work and stage performance thematizing fence constructions as tangible and visible borders in a theoretically borderless European Union.
Extensive research of Fencing Borders project on modular constructions such as mobile safety fences, panel fences, wires and razor wires began in the summer of 2017. Ubiquitous, these structures form fast-growing negative networks by stopping communications. Networks of insurmountable borders hinder the movement of individuals, groups of people, herds of animals. They define the aesthetics of inaccessibility, prohibition, fear, and obsession with security. Fencing reshapes landscapes, directs movements, and affects our proprioceptive perception / behavior.
The project itinerary takes place at the borders: Austria-Slovenia, Slovenia-Croatia, Croatia-Hungary, Hungary-Serbia, Macedonia-Greece, Greece-Bulgaria, Bulgaria-Turkey. For each iteration, three phases are planned:
Phase one: background research about the border and the fence there.
Phase two: field research on the border and fence engaging the local communities in the local languages (interviews, recording of the found sound, documentary photography and steel life recordings)
Phase three: Post-production phase towards the realization of audio-visual works, installations and stage performances using documentary material gathered during the field research. Each iteration of the Fencing Borders project results in an audiovisual archive.
The project was initiated by choreographer, performer, pedagogue, producer and art historian Nikolina Komljenović (Croatia) and multimedia artist, lighting designer, and sound designer Bruno Pocheron (France / Germany), and the project was joined by musician and editor Aaron Snyder (USA / Germany) and photographer, graphic and web designer Tomislav Turković (Croatia).