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The Glitch Border Manifesto


Who gets to be a part of a society and who does not is one of the fundamental questions of democracy. This is both relevant to migration and concerning who is able to travel to a country and partake in the public discourse. The EU is currently vastly expanding its capacities to digitally surveil and control its borders. This surveillance reaches into both the continent and to everyone who applies for visas.

The EU is developing and implementing new border systems, heavily relying on biometrics and machine learning. Yet, there is little discourse around how these often reinforce racial or gender biases existing in police work and in society at large.

To examine this societal issue, this project zooms in on a specific group of people and asks: What are the hurdles faced in artistic mobility with regards to cultural production and political scrutiny?

While art communities exist across borders, migration barriers are magnified in the cultural sector. Many opportunities are still related to travel. Yet, there is a growing aim to diversify the artistic discourse. Voices from previously marginalized backgrounds and regions claim their seat at the table.

This project aims to center the voices of those affected by the EU’s politics.

By creating the Glitch Border Manifesto, this project aims to center the voices of those affected by the EU’s politics. The goal is to spread awareness around the effects of digital discrimination in border policies and ultimately change these politics.

In multiple digital and in situ manifesto writing workshops, we will lay out specific hurdles and develop demands. This will be flanked by the production and presentation of art works disrupting surveillance technology and research on the topic of digital border control and how digital surveillance affects marginalized communities.


Updated November 2022