Video

HUB

John Di Stefano

2000, 22:00 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 287.01

In our time of rapid and accelerated global change, transit becomes more and more commonplace for people. As we ricochet between diasporic diffusions and intense national affiliations, our sense of identity and belonging becomes less tangible, more fluid and more transparent than it has been in the past. Within the global/local transformations that accompany globalization, our traditional sense of belonging is subsequently altered. HUB explores how notions of identity and belonging are articulated within the dialectical interplay between global processes and local environments, and suggests that displacement itself might be thought of as a new way of belonging. HUB proposes that within the context of transnationalism, the idea of home is perhaps better represented by the sense of being "between" places, rather than being rooted exclusively in one place and, by extension, an impossible s[pace, but it is precisely this impossibility that offers a glimpse at a new way of thinking about belonging. HUB uses the transitory space of the airport - defined by its comings and goings to introduce the notion of disappearance as an attempt to articulate new ideas of displacement, belonging and identity. HUB proposes that we think of the airport - defined by its comings and goings to introduce the notion of disappearance as an attempt to articulate new ideas of displacement, belonging and identity. HUB proposes that we think of the airport as both a type of home and a place of disappearance - not in the sense of vanishing, but rather in the articulated by territorial sovereignty as they are in traditional notions of nation/nationalism, but rather can now become "embodied' by diasporic populations such as refugees, guest workers, intellectuals, illegal immigrants, business people and even tourists. Rather than being an "empty" space, HUB proposes that the airport becomes a rich and complex repository of interlacing personal and political histories - a new space of belonging.

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