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  • Gavan Titley 15:48 on February 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , immigration, ,   

    Entropa and national entropies 

    by Gavan Titley

    dutch-image1It is a pity that so much of the attention generated by David Černý’s Entropa sculpture in the European Commission has been generated by the depiction of Bulgaria as a ‘Turkish toilet’.  What is far more interesting is how the ‘crisis of multiculturalism’ has been ambiguously incorporated into the installation.

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    • dralanalentin 12:35 on February 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      This is what the text describing the Netherlands section of Entropa says:
      “If only the Netherlands were in hell! At least it is warm and generally dry there. I would like to survive; I’d like at least something from this country to survive. Salt water will noiselessly
      inundate fields, towns and villages. Fish will swim through our squares and seaweed will cling to our towers. Perhaps a few lucky individuals will be
      rescued in small boats.”

      On the one hand it could be a comment on global warming, on the other it could be a plea for a return to some pre-immigration status, especially in the comment “I’d like at least something from this country to survive.” The use of the first-person here is interesting. Who is speaking? And who/what is s/he representing? The Dutch culture, environment…?

  • mcincrisis 15:24 on January 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: crisis, , , immigration, , , universalism   

    Questioning the European ‘Crisis of Multiculturalism’ 

    resist-mc“Culture and community are caught in a circular, tautological reasoning… culture is being invoked to solve problems that previously were the province of economics and politics.”
    George Yúdice, The Expediency of Culture (2003: 25)

    The idea that multiculturalism is in crisis is a predominant feature of the post-9/11 world and has become a pronounced aspect of public debate across Western Europe. (More …)

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