"EDITING"KATALOG BEITRAG IM NAMEN ROTORS
GRAZ - VIENNA - GORIZIA - ROMA
MIRIAM tourist and schief operator
markus gansberger/ xxx.belastung
Gestaltung des Beitrages von im Katalog des von ZERYNTHIA veranstalteten "EDITING WORKSHOPS" in Gorizia/ Italia.
“over there in sentpeter, the border is going through the houses, over the roofs. people used to tell an anecdote: they said that the frontier also severed a cow - its head was in italy and its tail in yugoslavia.”
“it was eating in italy and shitting in yugoslavia.”
on 15-02-06 unz. gloriously arrived in gorizia, going by a bumping 23 year old vw passat ‘balkanmobil’ and mug shots in our passports that usually make customs officers frisk us, for suspicion of smuggling drugs. we came to gorizia/ nova gorica to find out something about this area where a blind man has drawn a line through, where cows are eating in italy and shitting in yugoslavia (or the other way round, depending who is telling the story), where some
people are trilingual because in their grand and great-grandparents’ times it used to be austrian territory, where a family (levetzov - lantieri) had to watch how parts of their house (the historic palazzo lantieri) were broken down to build a street through it.
like tourists we were walking through gorizia, through medieval streets paved with bricks, passing castelli, palazzi and arcades. and we were walking through nova gorica, on asphalted pavements, passing housing schemes from the seventies and eighties up to the present day, a huge casino, changing the color of its storefront every two minutes, with a spinning globe on its roof, lots of cars and people. you walk 100 meters over the border line, but it could have also been 100 kilometers. they have space to build, not that much ancient history they have to take care of. someone said, with a little bitterness, that gorizia is going to become the centro storico of nova gorica. why not? it seems to fit together: gorizia is sleeping, structures have been fixed for a long time and nova gorica is obviously missing some history, which could be called a city’s soul, but nonetheless it offers a lot of energy. “over the last 20 years the border has become more and more permeable. for one year slovenia has been europe and next year there will be no border anymore. i ’m curious what will happen then.” as katja von ˇc ina, a young italian-slovenian girl, said in an interview. unz. thinks that curiosity is a forerunner of progress.
best regards, unz.