In and Out of Europe

Over the course of the last couple of decades forces of globalisation have changed the perception of space. The expedited mobility of human beings, goods, capital and information has increasingly fostered borders as instruments of power, working both in favour and at the expense of mobility. This project questions what mobility signifies in light of recent events, among which the supposed migration crisis, Euro crisis, Brexit and the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP). It investigates the measure with which European nations-states restrain and promote mobility in particular cases and the extent to which borders and legislations enable them to do so.


The project set out with a series of post-stamps. This series serves as a reminder of the fact that access to mobility is often not equally distributed. Not everything, or anyone moves as quickly and easily as the letters we send. After outlining the main goals for this research project I worked on the theoretical framework at Arc Artist residency in may 2017. This theoretical framework examines four types of mobility streams (human beings, information and knowledge, products and services, money and investments) and discusses them within the discourse of four major concepts (globalisation, territory, community and governmentality).Currently I am designing a series of posters that together form the theoretical framework for this research project into mobility and borders. They explain the different aspects to mobility in Europe, and give insight into the outline of  this project.

Access to mobility

Researching Mobility

© Ward Goes 2018




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