Place is what brings people together. In a cross-border area, places are often loaded with history and imaginaries. REMIX PLACE investigates how people's attachment to places in cross-border areas emerge. It remixes the disciplines of geography, photography and theatre from the perspective of citizens living and working in the cross-border agglomeration of Alzette-Belval. Two artistic-cultural events will present the essence of this multi-disciplinary research to the public in summer 2022. A hybrid exhibition will explore the concepts of attachment to place and togetherness from the experience of cross-border workers and local residents. Blending the results of the research (e.g. photographs, sound recordings, and fieldnotes), it will document the work undertaken with inhabitants. An original documentary theatre play be written, developed and performed to embody the identity and relationships of citizens with places. This aesthetic and theatrical experience will be motivated by the participatory data collected and analysed by the project. The play brings people from the border region on stage, as actors speaking of their own experiences. The performance invites local and international audiences to reflect on their own relationship to place and territory. REMIX PLACE aims to generate a wide range of knowledge – scientific, aesthetic and emotional – and to contribute to strengthening the appreciation of cross-border territory of Alzette-Belval by those who live there.
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