Science. Fiction. International Politics: Visible and Invisible Borders
18 August 2018
A collaboration between ANCB and Dr. Nadine Godehardt, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)
The Bucerius Summer School (BSS) workshop examined questions regarding visible and invisible borders on spatial, social, cultural, technical and economical levels through the fictional narratives and places of science fiction films.
This approach ensures an open, neutral discussion and enabled the participants to discuss very current topics in an “abstract” and “fictional” way without putting the focus on a specific government or country of origin. The participants were encouraged to contribute their own experience or concrete examples to the discussion. This one-day programme as part of the Bucerius Summer School 2018 at ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory is linked to the public discussion Borders and Territories II: Spatial Representations of Connections and Disconnections scheduled for 27 September 2018 within the ANCB long-term programme Borders and Territories: Identity in Place.
The BSS event had two parts
1. Three input presentations with Q&A
2. A workshop session where the participants were divided into three groups. Each group examined a focus theme exemplified by a science fiction film. The participants were provided with a toolbox and the help of the visualizer/graphic facilitator. One moderator, one of the morning’s speakers and one visualizer led each workshop.
1. Social Control: This topic dealt with control through types of “social credit” systems and the subsequent impact on social and spatial levels.
Sci-fi example: “Black Mirror - Nosedive”
Workshop Coach: Nadine Godehardt, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin, Germany
Visualizer: Christian Ridder, Business as Visual, Berlin, Germany
2. Racism and Post-Colonialism: This workshop focused on spatial and political discrimination and segregation.
Sci-fi example: “Black Panther”
Workshop Coach: Lukas Feireiss, Studio Lukas Feireiss, Berlin, Germany
Visualizer: Matthias Hübner, possible.is, Berlin, Germany
3. City/Periphery: In this workshop we examined borders between the urban and rural with regard to aspects of supply, infrastructure, environmental sustainability, economy, culture, connectivity and digitalization.
Sci-fi example: “Elysium”
Workshop Coach: Miriam Mlecek, Programme Manager ANCB, Berlin, Germany
Visualizers: Karsten Komp and Michael Arndt, MACINA digital film, Hannover, Germany
Sascha Suhrke, Bucerius Summer School
Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Director, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin, Germany
Nadine Godehardt, Researcher, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin, Germany
Uri Aviv, Director Utopia Film Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel
Martin Rein-Cano, Landscape Architect, Director TOPOTEK, Berlin, Germany
Q & A
moderated by Eberhard Sandschneider
Introduction Workshop Premise & Task
Dunya Bouchi & Miriam Mlecek, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory