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"Coding/Decoding the Borders" - International conference (April 13-14-15, 2016) & Exhibition (April 13 - May 31, 2016)

« Coding/Decoding the Borders » is an event at the crossroads of arts, research and practice. Researchers, artists and practitioners will discuss the growing technologization (or over-engineering) of the control over the people, goods or capital that cross borders. The conference and the exhibition will offer a real articulation between fields of knowledge, creation and practice.

For the past 20 years, many stakeholders (researchers, journalists, NGO workers and activists, elected politicians, employees of national administrations and international organizations, etc.) have been observing, documenting, studying and at times condemning the technologization of border controls.
Alongside the militarization of borders, traditional control systems are now complemented by the deployment at state borders of increasingly-sophisticated technologies (biometrics, robots, walls, integrated surveillance systems, data mining, big data, etc.) which control movements of population groups, goods, capital and information. Any analysis of border controls, whatever the object, needs to look at the same questions, namely efficiency, "fraud" and diversion.

This conference therefore has a dual objective : to examine the political and ethical issues related to this technologization of borders, its implementation as well as its misuses, and to show the resulting discrepancy between the representation it produces and the practical reality. They will try to understand to what extent speaking of dysfunction or not, is in itself politically significant.
The conference will be held in English.

This exhibition aims to represent the complex reality of border changes at the dawn of the 21st century. Combining collaborative productions developed by hard and social sciences scientists, practitioners and artists, it also offers to skip barriers between fields of knowledge. This exhibition presents artistic productions that incorporate digital tools (such as immersive installations, or Internet art), choosing borders and the crossing of borders as the main subjects. This exhibition does not only aim to expose the mutations of contemporary borders, but also seeks to make visitors aware of the significant impact these changes have on their lives.

- Free entrance
- Online registration required on the website of Faculté de Philosophie et Sciences-sociales de l’ULB OR on the website of Antiatlas

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