“The sectors of a city are to some extent decipherable.”
Guy Debord
{} “The sectors of a city are to some extent decipherable.”
Guy Debord  
{} “For indeed any city, however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the
rich; these are at war with one another.”

{} “The refugee should be considered for what he is, that is, nothing less than a border concept.”
Giorgio Agamben
{} “While Migropolis interrogates the mechanisms that globalization deploys
to plunder Venice, it
is equally a critique-in-
practice of the means of representation available for a visual analysis: graphics and photography. In that it confronts the Debordian quandary: The spectacle
can only be critiqued in spectacular terms.”

Lewis Baltz
{} “Venice like no one has
ever observed, analyzed or described her before. Truly no one. (…) It is no coincidence that this extraordinary research and dramatic tale was able to take form within a university – a space inhabited by those very peculiar ‘new Venetians’ who are scholars. They themselves are the protagonists of yet another migration – no longer one of leisure or pain, but one
of knowledge.”

Marco De Michelis
{} “These people go out from their countries driven by necessity that arises
from famine, or war, and oppression, which in
their own country is experienced by them, so that they are constrained to seek new land. Therefore they are most formidable, and if they are not confronted by good arms, can never be
held back.”

{} “Barça ou barsakh is
a slogan that young Senegalese use when leaving their country.
It means: It's better
to go to Barça, which means Barcelona,
than to stay in Africa. Barsakh is death.
They prefer to die than to stay in Senegal, because they know they won't find work.”

Djibril X.
{} “We will continue coming. There’s nothing you can do about it. Because there you die of hunger sitting on top of diamonds.”
Mulaye X.
{} “Influenced by what we were presented by the media, we thought that money was
to be easily found and that there isn't any poverty in the industrialized world.”

Mbaje X.
{} “I had seen St. Mark’s Square on TV, in commercials, the old buildings. Hawaii doesn’t have buildings like this. The gondolas, we see those on TV. Do you know Las Vegas? They have all of this right there, singing gondoliers etc.. It’s huge, big like this square. Seven billion dollars!”
Libby Y.
{} “Street peddling in Venice must have been around for a long time. I've heard people in Africa speaking about Venice since I was a child.”
Momo X.

The book

Venice / Atlas of a Global Situation

Wolfgang Scheppe
& the IUAV Class on
Politics of Representation

Essays by
Giorgio Agamben
Valeria Burgio
Wolfgang Scheppe

Foreword by
Angela Vettese

1,344 pp., 2078 ills., 17 x 24 cm,
hardcover, 2 volumes in slipcase

2009, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern
In winter 2006, under the aegis of philosopher Wolfgang Scheppe, a collective of students from the IUAV University in Venice fanned out to subject their city to a process of forensic structural mapping. Out of this field work, conducted in the Situationist tradition, there developed a three-year urban project that produced an enormous archive comprising tens of thousands of photographs, case studies, movement profiles, and statistic data. In this archive, Venice, the place of longing at the junction of three migration corridors, emerges as a front-line European city and an exemplary prototype of the increasingly globalized city in which a decimated inner-city population meets armies of tourists and a parallel economy supported by illegal immigrants.

In a map branching out into essays, visual arguments, data visualizations, and interviews, the globalized territory of Venice is microscopically dissected and defined as an urban metaphor: the city becomes an “atlas of a global situation.”


08.10.09 - 06.12.09 | Venice
Venice / Atlas of a Global Situation

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