Interventions, Volume 02, Issue 01: Borders and the Global Contemporary

Widely recognized as the moment that ushered in the era of globalization, the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 emblematized freedom and unity. The current global reality, however, is a far cry from the neoliberal promises of a globalized future marked by progress and prosperity. Technological advancement has radically transformed spatiotemporal boundaries, enabling unprecedented circulation of people, information, and capital. In an age of mass tourism, mass media, and mass markets, the world is united but under the subsumptive logic of neoliberal capitalism. Alongside paradigmatic shifts in identity and consciousness engendered by this increased permeability and fluidity, international security measures escalate, violent geopolitical strife persists, and rampant socioeconomic inequality proliferates.

This issue of Interventions takes the border as a means through which to investigate such contradictions of our global contemporary. As the structures and mechanisms of the capitalist system evolve to become ever more pervasive and ever less discernible, “Borders and the Global Contemporary” explores the ways in which contemporary artistic production engages the militarization, mediation, and commercialization of everyday life. The projects comprised herein examine art’s subversive capacity to destabilize dominant discourse and posit counter-narratives as well as its compliance with hegemonic forces. They also address the challenges of artistic production, dissemination, and exhibition in the face of current geopolitical conditions. The projects offer multiple ways to conceptually take on the border: to forge borders and to forget them, to elude borders and to elucidate them. With this issue, we hope to complicate the border and to contribute to an ongoing critical investigation and re-imagination of the global contemporary.

Carmen Falcioni, Carmen Ferreyra, and Cecelia Thornton-Alson

New York, January 2013