Border Crossing Services
A video by Oliver Ressler & Martin Krenn,
51 min. German/English, 2001

The European Union member states' restrictive immigration regulations mean that there is almost no chance to legally migrate to the EU and reside in a member state. For those who want to enter, making use of border crossing services is often the only possibility for penetrating "Fortress Europe." The video "Border Crossing Services" ("Dienstleistung: Fluchthilfe") highlights positive aspects of terms such as "smuggler" or "trafficker" which have been given a negative connotation through the dominant medial discourse. In contrast to the widespread model for representation, the actual act of "smuggling" is not presented as a criminal exploitation of asylum seekers. Instead the video discusses the service character of this business and confronts the hegemonic model for representation of so-called trafficking and migration. It is based on conversations carried out in Germany and Austria with migrants and persons involved in the political left, the basic theme was separated into four sections for analysis and critique: "Who is allowed to migrate?" "Celebrating and excluding," "About border crossing services" and "Against racism."

Martin Krenn and Oliver Ressler
(both born 1970 in Austria) have been collaborating on exhibitions, site specific projects and videos on the issue racism since 1995.

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