A symposium on the occasion of the exhibition opening Two Sides of the Border: Reimagining the Mexico–United States Region by Tatiana Bilbao and Nile Greenberg at Aedes Architecture Forum
Welcome and Introduction
Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Director, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin
Susana Garduño-Arana, Director, Mexican Cultural Institute in Germany, Berlin
Davide Zampini, Global R&D and IP Management Head, CEMEX, Brügg
Tatiana Bilbao, Architect, Mexico City
Carlos Hagerman, Film Maker, Mexico City
Raul Walch, Artist, Berlin
moderated by Lukas Feireiss, Director "Radical Cut-Up" Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam/Berlin
Film Screening and Drinks
Those Who Remain / Los que se quedan
by Carlos Hagerman and Juan Carlos Rulfo
Mexico, 2009, 96 min.
We are grateful for the opportunity to screen Those Who Remain / Los que se quedan within the frame of this symposium. The documentary is about the families left behind by loved ones who have crossed the border to the United States in search of better opportunities. During eleven months, the directors followed the everyday life of nine families in six different states of Mexico. Those who Remain / Los que se quedan was awarded, among others, Best Documentary Film at the Los Angeles Film Festival and Best Mexican Documentary at the Guadalajara Film Festival, both in 2009.
The symposium is part of the ANCB Programme Borders and Territories: Identity in Place and takes place on the occasion of the Aedes exhibition opening of Two Sides of the Border: Reimagining the Mexico–United States Region by Tatiana Bilbao and Nile Greenberg. It aims to examine new spatial, geopolitical and cultural possibilities related to nations and people on our globe. Concepts of dividing and connecting are vital to address the question what is or makes territories that are defined physically/politically, by culture and ways of thinking and by common interests such as economy. What type of physical, infrastructural and political basis has to be established to meet the various ideas of home and "Heimat" of societies that are increasingly culturally diverse and socially divided? How can we use their potential? This includes the investigation of borders of different qualities – from physical divisions, "rurban" situations and political frontiers of countries and states to invisible boundaries between disciplines and social or cultural borders.