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Rosanna Dematté

From June 17 to August 21, 2011 the University of Innsbruck (Austria) hosted the group exhibition “L’Italia alla finestra: Außen- und Innensichen” (Italy at window: Outside and outside views), commemorating the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. The bilingual title focuses on the necessity to consider a country from several perspectives. Seven artists from Italy and Austria, belonging to different generations, were invited to the baroque cellars of the Imperial Palace of Innsbruck to give their perspective and present their work.

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This issue of Transfers features five individual essays critically engaging with the promises promoted alongside new methods and purposes of mobility. Two essays, Martin Emanuel’s “From Victim to Villain: Cycling, Traffic Policy, and Spatial Conflicts in Stockholm, circa 1980” and Andrew V. Clark and colleagues’ “The Rise and Fall of the Segway: Lessons for the Social Adoption of Future Transportation,” circle around a core theme of Transfers with their fresh look at transportation, its vehicles, and its methods; two others, Noah Goodall’s “More Than Trolleys: Plausible, Ethically Ambiguous Scenarios Likely to Be Encountered by Automated Vehicles” and Gal Hertz’s “From Epistemology of Suspicion to Racial Profiling: Hans Gross, Mobility and Crime around 1900,” look at mobility’s social side. Fascinatingly consistent are the adjectives and adverbs that qualify the promises that are made for these technologies. Segways, for instance, were sustainable, enviro-friendly, shared. Smart, personalized, and robotic are some of the commonly invoked terms in the growing literature on this particular PMD (personal mobility device). Adverbial are the benefits of automated driving too: safe and liberating, both values desired by a nineteenth-century urbanized Austrian society that imagined the city as a space of settled inhabitants free of migrants and hence also free of crimes.

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Historical Fragments’ Mobile Echo

Encountering the Current Refugee Crisis with Ai Weiwei

Susan E. Bell and Kathy Davis

Translocation – Transformation by Ai Weiwei Belvedere Palace, Vienna, Austria 14 July 2016 to 20 November 2016 Translocation – Transformation is an ambitious contribution to the subject of

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An Experiment with Networks and Traps

Olga Lukyanova and André Mintz

Nordkraft, a cultural venue in the city’s harbor area. The installation was also later shown in 2017 at Ars Electronica, based in Linz, Austria, at the PostCity venue. By all measures, the app was just a typical “test game” of the type that had become

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Kai Syng Tan

immediate reality; “not in my backyard”). One of the works here, Certainly the Toughest UltraMarathon of Your Life , was created as thousands of refugees made a 135 km trek from Hungary to Austria last summer. Based on a map of Africa–Europe, this artist

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Johannes Görbert, Russ Pottle, Jeff Morrison, Pramod K. Nayar, Dirk Göttsche, Lacy Marschalk, Dorit Müller, Angela Fowler, Rebecca Mills, and Kevin Mitchell Mercer

Austria and Switzerland Manuel Menrath, ed., Afrika im Blick: Afrikabilder im deutschsprachigen Europa, 1870–1970 (Zurich: Chronos, 2012), 329 pp., €43 Over the past twenty years, postcolonial research in history, cultural studies, and literary

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Ernst van der Wal

of their current living situations and experience of home. For Hassan, this journey entailed crossing various borders along his journey from Syria to Germany, with Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, and Austria named as stations along his

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At the Threshold to the New World

Equator Crossings, Sunsets, and Claude Lévi-Strauss’s Tristes Tropiques

Michael Bies

equatorial crossings can be found in an account by Johann Baptist von Spix and Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, two naturalists from Munich who traveled through Brazil from 1817 to 1820 on an expedition organized by the Austrian court. In Reise in

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Emma Terama, Juha Peltomaa, Catarina Rolim, and Patrícia Baptista

Austria, Denmark, and Germany, but very low in most eastern European countries. However, even though people know of the existence of car sharing, it does not mean that they would use it, with one-third of the respondents stating they were not interested

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Tracey Reimann-Dawe

Afrikareisende macrotext was spun. In one way or another, all subsequent narratives pay intertextual tribute to Barth. By contrast, Gerhard Rohlfs was a relatively uneducated young man who left school to join the Austrian army, interrupted his military career