The Floating Borders project is a series of performances in a public space, which raise the issue of conflict as an integral part and the consequence of establishing a border and demarcating people and territories. By creating an artificial moving (“floating”) border and thus provoking casual passers to interaction, the authors of the project research personal and collective reflection, which is expressed in certain corporeal and mental patterns of perception of move and space constraints. The «Floating Borders» project is also an attempt to identify and understand local communication methods and ways to resolve the conflict. The place of project realization) is the densely populated multi-layered cities of European countries, in which there are actual problems of mixing (collision) of social, ethnic or cultural groups and there is a need for building a dialogue.

The establishment of a boundary in the form of a restrictive red-and-white tape, which the performers have tied to themselves, is unexpected and unclear for people moving in the public space. The unenforceability of ignoring or avoiding the border creates a conflict situation and forces passers-by to react, taking an instantaneous and often emotional decision: to change the direction of movement, or to walk through the restrictive tape, physically interacting with it and with performers. Such an interaction is expressed in an attempt to communicate, play or physically affect the tape (stretching, breaking) and performers (movement, pushing), which may also be accompanied by a surge of aggression.

The spontaneous or partially planned transfer of performance on the busy streets of the city demonstrates how the mobility and flexibility of the «floating» border softens the conflict, and vice versa, how the conflict intensifies in the case of border immovability.
The result of each performance is video documentation and comments of performers in the form of text that gives a deeper understanding of the conflict and ways to solve it.

www.floatingborders.com (in progress)

 

Floating Borders (with Oleksiy Maryasov)

Amsterdam (Netherlands), City Centre
4 November 2017 

 

Floating Borders (with Oleksiy Maryasov)

Warsaw (Poland), City Centre
4 August 2017 

 

Floating Borders (with Alexander Kurpa)

Chernivtsi, City Centre
22 July 2017 

 

Floating Borders (with Oleksiy Maryasov)

Kyiv, City Centre
28 April 2017 

 

Floating Borders (with Oleksiy Maryasov)

Berlin, City Centre
2 March 2017