The Text crossing the Border — IP over Human Carrier

From June 14th - 18th, 2006 a team of 8 artists worked on the transmission of an e-mail protocol via semaphore flags over the river Mur. Hosted by Juz House in Mureck, a Youth Centre in a small town on the Austrian-Slovenian border, the team finally found an appropriate space for their first performance.

In 2006, Slovenia was member of the EU already, but not part of Schengen yet. The border was still real: with custom controls on both sides of the bridge, and a strong feeling of the separation of the two countries in the minds. People on both sides still could remember of people being shot trying to cross the border swimming.

The place itself was not spectacular at all: a small border crossing point in the middle of nowhere, only a small bridge between 2 tiny towns surrounded by forests. It was not easy to find spaces between the trees and bushes on both sides of the river, where a group of people could stand and see each other from the other side. There were only narrow paths olong the riverbanks, populated by hikers, joggers, mountain bikers - and most of all: mosquitoes.

It was summer, and there was a heat wave. The sun was burning on our heads and in our eyes, so we had to find out the ideal time for the transmission: not too hot, but not too late, because of the shadows.

Finally, on June 17th, 3 - 5:30 p.m., the first successful transmission was transformed: "Das ist der Text, der über den Fluß wandert" ("This is the text, wandering across the river").


Anita Hofer, Jogi Hofmüller, Reni Hofmüller, Doris Jauk-Hinz, Ulla Klopf, Nicole Pruckermayr, Eva Ursprung, IOhannes m zmölnig.


Ulla Klopf, Anita Hofer


Eva Ursprung

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