On the Impossibility of Drawing a River

Workshop with Myriel Milicevic and Maud Canisius

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26 September 2020, Lido area, 10 am - 5 pm

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A multitude of habitats, a source of energy, water and life, an economic backbone, a plurality of communities of people and other species, a contested line, a landscape of politics, a connection through time and cultures... a personhood. There are uncountable relations that make a river.

In reference to Umberto Eco’s “On the Impossibility of Drawing a Map of the Empire on a Scale of 1 to 1”, Myriel Milicevic and Maud Canisius are encouraged to draw a map of the Danube river Lido area with its complex and entangled relationships. Conflicting interests between urban developers and river communities are typical on these terrains – how do different rights to and of the river relate to each other?

In the project On the Impossibility of Drawing a River the two artist/designers and with participating collaborators explore the relationships between humans and nonhumans with the Danube, attempting to visualise, discuss and document the various perspectives, river rights and relations that exist at different scales.
In the workshop participants will take the position of humans and nonhumans to speculate what their relation to the river could be. Through quick tool-making, speculating, site investigations and map drawing, this workshop should lead to a multi-layered perspective on river relations.

Myriel Milicevic is an artist, researcher and interaction designer. With her Neighbourhood Satellites she explores the hidden connections between people and their natural, social, and technical environments. These explorations are mostly of a participatory nature, emerging from collaborations with other artists and scientists, in the context of workshops, classrooms, exhibitions, residencies and out in the field.

Maud Canisius is an artist and landscape architect currently researching as PhD candidate in the faculty of Arts & Design at the Bauhaus University Weimar. In her artistic work she uses the practice of walking to explore the socio-political aspects of environmental relationship in times of the Anthropocene and connected local changes. The outcomes of her intimate and in-depth engagements vary from interactive installations, to photo series to written accounts.

Workshop is part of the Urban Imagination Seminar and will be held in English.

Co-organized by Goethe-Institut Bratislava.

ERSTE Foundation is main partner of tranzit. Supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council and Nadácia mesta Bratislavy.

Photo: Andrea Kalinová