Bernd Upmeyer contributed with an essay entitled “E80: On the Road to Binational Urbanism” to the publication “Nomadic Settlers – Settled Nomads” of a group exhibition with the same title that takes place in the Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin from July 2nd to August 28. The exhibition is curated by Bonaventure S. B. Ndikung, Simone Kraft and Pauline Doutreluingne as a research on contemporary nomadism, dealing with the complex theme of the human sense of settlement and its manifold facets. The concept of nomadism, migration, settlement will be perceived in a physical and meta-physical level, rotating around the real and the imaginary, the existential and the non-existential, the trivial and the profound, still with both feet on the ground.

E80: On the Road to Binational Urbanism
By Bernd Upmeyer

Just as bigamists marry a second time before their existing marriages are dissolved, binational urbanists start life in a second city located in another nation, without having said good-bye to their first city. Thus, binational urbanism is a particular form of transnationalism, a phenomenon which in sociology results from social interactions across national borders. In this article, binational urbanism has to be understood as a way of life of a person, who is related to two different cities at the same time. Ideally, a binational urbanist commutes continuously as a quasi-nomad between two cities and lives in constant transit between two Heimaten… read the entire article in Writings.

Title: Nomadic Settlers – Settled Nomads
Contribution: E80: On the Road to Binational Urbanism
Author: Bernd Upmeyer
Date: July 2011
Publisher: Revolver Publishing
Location: Berlin, Germany
ISBN: 978-3-86895-175-2
Pages: 56-57