Jana Vanecek

This big Black Hole called Global East

Artistic-Research-Creation with audience | Club La Fafa: Diaspora Talk #3 | Shedhalle | 2021

When we think about global differences today, we categorise the world into a rich, powerful Global North and a poor, less powerful Global South. But this binary distinction between North and South leads to a black hole on the map of power representation: all those societies that lie somewhere in between. It includes a large part of those societies that participated in perhaps the most consequential global experiment of the 20th century: the creation of communism.

The “global East,” formerly called the Second World, is too rich to be a proper part of the South, but it is also, at the same time, too poor to be part of the club of the North. It is too powerful to be considered the periphery, but too weak to be the center. The balance of power in the “global East” runs in all directions. There are both colonisers and colonies there, aggressors and victims; some countries were both at the same time. (1)

With the help of short text excerpts and visual material, we tried to explore this “global East” together with the audience. This was accompanied by a hangover brunch with tea, homemade slivovice and Eastern European delicacies.

Diaspora Talk #3 was held by Rada Leu and Jana Vanecek The Diaspora Talk Series are organised by Club La Fafa

(1) Vgl. Martin Müller (2020) In Search of the Global East: Thinking between North and South, Geopolitics, 25:3, 734-755, DOI: 10.1080/14650045.2018.1477757