New[B]Order is a project on the topography of the centre-periphery-complex in post-socialist Eastern Europe, using the example of Belgrade.
1989: the borders dissolve; the road is paved for freedom! Global capitalism has arrived. But which transformation processes were initialized here? What does it mean for the post-socialist societies, if “the East is no longer red?”
While the path is smoothed for goods to cross national borders, a new power order is materializing under the banner of economic integration. Old borders have dissolved, but simultaneously, new exclusion mechanisms have been created.
With the capitalist overload of greed-dynamic systems, a visible boundary and disintegration of periphery social spaces and inner city centres has become evident. On the level of product consumption, a reprivatisation of illusions has taken place, which has raised material enjoyments and desires to being part of the social imperative. This new imperative takes the place of former collective myths, insignia and monuments and reintegrates them pop culturally in the capitalist utilization logic.
The goal of the project is to display these new demarcations and borders, and to capture them cartographically with a link to a semantic database.
Traditional topographical approaches are insufficient. Maps have always been the expression and registration of power relationships. This project makes a fundamental break from this specific conception of topography. Maps will become methods to localize borders and to render power constructs comprehensible and visible.
This approach does not constitute a progressive reproduction of social realities through the apparent authority of a faithful-to-reality image, but rather “the map is open, it can be connected, dismantled and inverted in all its dimensions.“ (Deleuze/Guattari)
The metastatic penetration of social spaces of desire satisfaction by the centre referenced symbolic forms should consequently be artistically and scientifically measured to create indicators for social disintegration. The centre-periphery-complex will be approached using quantitative and qualitative indicators. In a first step the ambivalent consequences of the symbolic and material exchange between centre and periphery will be in focus.