For Bridging Borders, P–OST was inspired by the idea of a world without borders, as it is central to the New Babylon project by Constant Nieuwenhuys (1920-2005). As a platform operating in a border area, they would like to take this idea to heart and strive to break through the borders. In this case specifically between the Netherlands and Germany. That is why P–OST invites a mix of German and German based artists for Bridging Borders.
In Bridging Borders, not only national borders are questioned or eliminated. The artists and works of art have been specifically selected for their focus on the relationship between man and machine.
In New Babylon, in addition to the borderless world, Constant also sketches a future world in which man is liberated from labor through automation. All selected works of art are in one way or another related to the (possible) impact of technology, automation or the mixing of man and machine. We invited art historian Tessa Kalsbeek to write a contextualizing text on how Constant’s ideas relate to the artworks presented and the ideas they put forward.