The port of Trieste is to become the BRI gateway to Central Europe, distributing
goods coming from China at the intersection of two corridors – the Baltic-
Adriatic Corridor and the Mediterranean Corridor.
The first short video draft One Harbour, Two Corridors, Many Interests was
made in 2022, based on two photographs showing the entry point of the New
Silk Road by sea (the huge container terminal of the New Port of Trieste) and its
overland continuation via rail. The recently reopened train line from Trieste to
Udine through the Karst region marks the beginning of the European BRI Baltic-
Adriatic Corridor, which will cut an enormous swath of destruction through this
unique landscape. Accompanied by a text that refers to the history of silk
production, the video and the resulting textile work show how the two images
are sewn together with a silk thread with a length of four kilometres in the end –
the length that can be spun from a single silk cocoon.
Given the enormous scale of the New Silk Road and its incalculable effects,
which transparadiso is currently exploring along the route from Trieste to Graz,
One Harbour, Two Corridors, Many Interests is an attempt to tackle an almost
impossible question. How can the promised benefits and the barely discussed
losses be addressed when technical feasibility is the prevailing regime of our future?
The project was continued for exploring the impact of new constructions like the Koralm-Tunnel (Styria) and logistic centers like in Fürnitz on the landscape. and environment. In the publcation "Versuch über die Freundschaft" (ed. Michael Petrowtisch) a photo series by transparadiso is accompanied by a text by Reinhard Braun.
One Belt Many Roads
Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
June 2-July 1, 2023
curated by Maren Richter and Klaus Schafler
"Versuch über die Freundschaft"
Dec.12, 2023, Roter Keil, Graz