Title

Patrol

Authors/Contributors

James DeGennaro

Document Type

Thesis Prep

Publication Date

Spring 2008

Degree

M.ARCH I

Keywords

politics, Post-Soviet, border control, Austrian-Hungarian border, Eastern Europe, identity

Language

English

Disciplines

Architecture

Description/Abstract

"For the later half of the 20th Century, East European metropoles were systematically disengaged from international relations, removed from circulation and "nationalized" under a particular regina. The reallocation of these metropoles, stemming from an abrupt discontinuation in 1989 of Soviet policy (a program of cultural production), to the immediate years that followed toward liberal democracy, became a critical act in the name of socio-political progress. This reaction, which produced innumerable degrees of success and failures across the former East-Boc region requires new conceptualizations of the political borders and cultural contours within the landscape of the contemporary East European peripheral city...

"These contingencies of state call for a revitalized synthesis of avant-gardism (social, cultural, and aesthetic practices), which historically acted as a mediating agent to navigate socio- and geo-political forces.... Situated against the backdrop of a Post-Soviet cultural and political order (in this case a specific point in the crossroads of the Austrian-Hungarian border), the structural logic of a Cultural Past, a 21st century conception of border control, will in turn adopt a post-critical stance to affect the potentials of transaction, divergence, and cultural production within the larger field that it is situated."

Additional Information

Advisors: Aaron Sprecher / Jonathan Massey

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