PASS THE PORT

The Pass the port project core is to design local passports specific to the changing demographics of a city and to the desires of its participants; and aims to use passports to facilitate inclusion, mobility, and a shoring up of access to public, social and cultural life for all willingful members of the city project--overall, having the capacity to shape/cultivate/create/exchange/redefine culture identities within our city through a shared participation and active practice. The project wants to explore what a passport could mean in the local context and setting, something which is not necessarily needed; unless, it is said to be needed and encouraged to be used by the people who make up the local inhabitants.

Pass the port aims to have the legible authorization to develop such a passport device for issuance and its implementation, through the collaborations of artists and art institutions, civil society, academia and public life. It does not seek to design passports to be misunderstood as a device of control, nor attempting to replace the already existing state issued passports of western democracies. Our passports are not to be used as a device to cross national borders, but it is to be used as a tool to cross-examine borders which exist in local settings. What is meant with local borders, is about the inclusion and exclusion of certain populations and the invisibility of people's patterns, their accessibility and the selectivity of the spaces they encounter but also how they encounter and experience them. Depending on the one who is possessing the document, one may determine that with this document and the social, political and artistic meaning prescribed to it, that she or he has the right to enter an uncharted space; in which, he or she has never entered.

The project may conceptualise and mimic the irony of state passports and even further challenge the very functions of such device as well as the borders and limitations associated with it. We understand the passport simply, as a  document which can be attained through citizenship status, traditionally, through Jus Soli, Jus Sanguinis. It is defining citizenship through birthright and birthright of the immigrant populations. What happens when a community or city is to think about a system of passports, in relation to the global-local nexus?

By reproducing passports with an imagined notion about identity, access, and movement within a diverse city, the project aims to examine the potentiality of a truly multicultural city.  

The aim is that the passports could be used as an experimental tool for social practices and social impact through research and other measurable schemes and methods.