Pixxelpoint, New Media Festival, Nova Gorica/ SLO, 2011


Jemandsland // terra di qualcuno // Vsakogaršnja zemlja

video, 20’, 2011

concept // transparadiso (Barbara Holub, Paul Rajakovics)

camera // Paul Rajakovics (1998, 2011) // Bernd Vlay (1998)

editing and script editing // hoelb/hoeb

based on rediscovered material of spremembazione from 1998

(realized by Margarethe Müller, Paul Rajakovics, Bernd Vlay 

with the big support of Niko Yurca)

transparadiso would like to thank Niko Yurca, Antonio Angelillo and Gulsen Bal



In 1997 Paul Rajakovics was invited by ACMA Milano to lead an architecture workshop in Gorizia on the issue of the border. Together with his students he collected drawings of the residents of Gorizia and Nova Gorica as response to three questions on the future of the two cities.

The visions turned out to be quite traumatic so that he decided to continue to work on the project, but with young people. One year later he returned with his partners (Bernd Vlay and Margarethe Müller) to Gorizia and continued the project spremembazione1. In a casting party four young Italians and four young Slovenians were invited to show their favorite places. As final event spremembazione managed to lift the border at the piazzale della transalpina in front of the train station. For the duration of a cross-border badminton game the video camera was placed on a pedestal replacing the fence.

On May 1, 2004, the EU-border was lifted since Slovenia joined the EU. The fence in front of the train station was removed and a circle was placed there instead. Over the time flower pots were added...

For PIXXELPOINT transparadiso edited the video material from 1998 and will make new interviews with significant persons who participated in spremembazione as well as personalities involved in today’s issues of Nova Gorica and Gorizia to discuss the (slow) changes after the removal of the EU-border, expectations and disappointments on both sides, and relate these experiences to current larger discussions of (new and old) borders within and on the fringes of Europe. 

The interviews will serve as think tank for a longer perspective of Anyone’s Land.

Anyone’s Land wants to transform the now empty building at the border into a space for those who need it, who don’t have a legal or physical space to stay. By making use of Anyone’s Land being an art project this new type of a “limbo zone” should serve as a physical space for migrants–at the same time investigating physical and mental borders and the current issues of migration raised especially by the new outer borders of the “walled Europe”. 

Anyone’s Land makes a plea to set the spaces along the border free from short term investor’s interests– and to investigate the spaces along the former EU border in a more comprehensive way, turning these areas into an intensive zone of long term social-urban acting.