6 november 2014

smuggling anthologies / abstracts

Federico Costantini – "Pretty Good Privacy": smuggling in the “Information Age”.
This paper addresses the issue of contraband from a legal perspective and focusing on information technology.  The topic is introduced through a famous court case involving an encryption system (Pretty Good Privacy) and its creator, (Phil Zimmermann).  Clarified at the outset some technical aspects, and after providing few explanations on legal issues, the contribution presents the most relevant theoretical issues that concern trafficking of information, and offers some concluding remarks. 

Božo Repe (University of Ljubljana) – Italian-Yugoslav border after the Second World War: crossings, shopping, smuggling.

Shopping tourism was only one of the influences that formed the post-war socialist consumer mentality in Slovenia. Its impact has to be seen within a broader context, together with films, music, television, mass motorization, expanding of foreign tourism in Slovenia and economic emigration. Slovenians accepted western standards and behaviour patterns as regards the style of home decor, clothing and spending leisure time as early as in the “liberal” sixties. People took from socialism what was of use to them, whereas ideology was perceived as the necessary evil.

Ana Peraica – Smuggling in Arts and Culture.

This presentation will focus on art / media smuggling, in terms of artistic anarchoid physical crossing of borders with “forbidden” materials, done by artists since the late nineties, with a rise of politically incorrect art.
Tanja Žigon – Contrabandists, Racketeers or Smugglers? Reports on Smugglers and the Terminological Difficulties of Slovenian Editors with the Growth of a New “Profession” along the Rapallo Border. 
The goal of this study is to show how Slovenian newspapers reported on smuggling along the Italian-Yugoslav border after the First World War, both along the pre-treaty line of demarcation as well as after the Rapallo border was established in 1920.  The study will examine three Slovenian newspapers and will reveal how much attention the media dedicated to this »new« practice. 
Marija Mitrović – Smuggling as a literary topic.
This paper analyses the topic of smuggling in world literature.  This topic has been an object of analysis of classical authors, from Rudyard Kipling to Ivo Andrić. 
ČUVAJ FILM! (save the film!).
An original footage that photographer Antonio Perajica, head of Film and Propaganda Section of the WWII Partisan Proletarian Brigade, hid away in the wake of the war.  Nine edited original prints, made over the period from 1943 – 1945, that probably depict the brigade's war path from Belgrade to Zagreb.
Introduction by Ana Peraica. 
Michele Tajariol and Denise Zani (Italy) – FalseBottom, 2013.
A presentation of the project conceived for Smuggling Anthologies by Lorenzo Cianchi and Michele Tajariol.
Tomislav Brajnović – An engaged poetics.
The artist describes and analyses two of his works:  "Tout ce que j'ai je le porte avec moi" (2012) and "Opel Kadett" (2013).
Gia Edzgveradze (Germany) – The Great Return, 2014.
As an attraction in Alcatraz /museum/ is shown a fake head of human being, which a prisoner produced to deceive overseers. He was using it as a substitution of his own sleeping head in a bed, while he himself was digging an escape tunnel. This fake head was discovered after his successful (and legendary) escape… 
Marco Cechet (Italy) – Big Lie (t)To Interail, 2013.
Big Lie (t)To Interail is a transmedial and intertextual artwork that documents a journey around Europe during the summer of 2004.  The core of this artwork is a fake train ticket, home-made produced. With this ticket I illegally travelled to seven countries and visited six cities.  This artwork reflects the concept of true/false and the nominal value of shared normative documentations – as for example train tickets.
Cristiano Berti – Iye Omoge, 2013. 
The work "Iye Omoge" tells the story of a place of special importance in the meeting between the Nigerian women and the city of Torino, Corso Regina Margherita along the park Pellerina: during the Nineties it was the stage of Nigerian prostitution. The Nigerians had divided the sidewalk into three zones, calling them first, second and third class, depending on the age and beauty of the girls. The third class, older women, was also known as "Iye Omoge" ("beautiful mother" in the language edo).
A 2013 two-minute video by Soho Fond that gives an overview of Soviet Estonia’s underground business scene and one of its central points in Tallin, the Viru hotel. Viru businessmen as they were called were illegally distributing Western goods that Soviet Union had shortage of: fashionable clothes and accessories, cosmetics, condoms and most notorious plastic shopping bags.
Liz Glynn (USA) –Anonymous Needs and Desires (Gaza/Giza), 2012.
A Skype connection with the artist about her work on the topic of smuggling. 
The forklift pallet slatting is revealed to be a set of drawers, which are painted various colors. If you open the drawers, you find that they contain a variety of objects that are made of cast lead and ballistic fabric with resin. These objects are all copies of items that were reportedly smuggled under the border from Egypt into the Gaza Strip. This piece is called "Anonymous Needs and Desires". A second piece, "Tunnel (Gaza/Giza)", alludes to the underground network used for smuggling goods across the border.

Bojan Mitrović – Yugoslavia between communism and consumerism.

This paper will explore the context in which the peculiar phenomenon of “smuggling tours” developed. It will describe the influence of the West in Yugoslavia from WWII until the 1980’s economic crisis. 

Melita Richter (University of Trieste) – Memories of Living with/beyond the Border.

Interactive lecture will try to illustrate the dynamics of the broader genesis and its influence on the lives of the people of the border area in different decades, and will investigate on what kind of smuggling across the Yugoslav-Italian boarder the people who crossed the borders were authors in different historical period. 
The new documentary film “Blue Black Jeans” produced by Videoest and Trieste Contemporanea will be presented in its première, that refers to the huge phenomenon of trade in jeans that began in Trieste at the end of the Sixties and lasted through the Seventies.  At the time, this garment/emblem of the West was illegally entering and spreading behind the Iron Curtain as far as Moscow, or up to the Non-Aligned Movement leader city of Belgrade.