Jeux Sans Frontières

  1. Jogos Sem Fronteiras / Games Without Borders #1 – An Extract

     Marseille September 2013, "la production de La plus-value", Ana Bigotte Vieira and Sandra Lang

    Marseille September 2013, “la production de La plus-value”, Ana Bigotte Vieira and Sandra Lang

    by Sandra Lang

    Jogos Sem Fronteiras #1 on the camps of europe, was edited in Lisbon by Ana Bigotte Vieira, Marta Lança and José Nuno Matos in 2007, shortly after the EU-Africa Lisbon Summit. Its main subjects are south-north migrations and “the others” produced by the mechanisms of exclusion represented by the Schengen borders. The magazine, published in Portuguese, gathers 15 texts subsumed under three sections: ideas, experiences and practices. Games without Borders #1 contains images produced by Pizz Buin, Kiluanij Kila Henda, Alexandra Ferreira, pictures from the Movie Bab Cepta by Federico Lobo and Pedro Pinho and two infographic maps produced by the collective Fadaiat.[1]

    The section “ideas” gathers texts with a prevalently theoretical approach: The first was Ricardo Noronha’s text Êxodo: corpos migrantes vidas ilegais (We are all illegal) on Schengen laws and european migration politics. In On the camps of Europe, Ana Bigotte Vieira used Agamben’s theories on camps, bare life and state of exception as a lens to look at European Migration camps and airport holding zones. Sandro Mezzadra problematized the very definition of Border and Frontier as theoretical tools in Borders, migrations, citizenship. We are all migrants (Todos somos migrantes) is a literary text written by Regina Guimarães. Read More

  2. Jogos Sem Fronteiras / Games Without Borders – editorial #1

    by Ana Bigotte Vieira

    In 1965, General Charles de Gaulle proposed the existence of a kind of games that would reinforce the recently renewed ties between France and Germany. Inspired by the summer competitions between French cities (some of which took place inside swimming pools), Games without Borders (JSF) – the longest transmission in the history of television co-productions – soon involved more European countries. Read More

  3. We are all illegal


    by Ricardo Noronha

    From Melilla to Poland, Cypress to the Canaries, thousands of people daily attempt to leave their places of origin and reach the European continent in search of better living conditions, leaving behind the most varied settings – wars, fires, droughts, floods, repressive regimes, massive unemployment, poverty wages, fundamentalists – and confronting, everywhere, the same repressive strategy, the same barriers and persecution, the same racism and the same violence.

    It may be thought that these people who cross oceans, deserts and mountains, hostile territories and foreign countries, would be victims of misunderstandings or police excesses, but this is not the case. Read More

  4. Lusosphere is a bubble

    It was a new world / A poets’ dream / Going till the end / singing new victories / And proudly lifting flags / Living warlike adventures / They were truly epic / And so full lives / They were oceans of love / I’ve been to Brazil / Praia and Bissau / Angola, Mozambique / Goa and Macau / Oh, I went till Timor / I’ve been a conquistador / It was a whole people / Guided by the heavens / It spread around the world / Following its heroes / They took light out of torture / And sow ties of tenderness / They were days and days and months and years on the sea / Walking through a road of stars to win

    Da Vinci, at Eurovision, 1989

    Africa is more than a land to be explored; Africa is for us a moral justification and a raison d’être as a power. Without it we would be a small nation, with it we are a great State.

    Marcelo Caetano, 1935

    In the midst of the current convulsions, we present ourselves as a community of peoples, cemented by centuries of peaceful life and Christian understanding, brotherhood of peoples who, whatever their differences may be, help each other, grow and elevate together, proud of the name and title of Portuguese.

    Salazar, 1933

    Deconstruction of the lusosphere

    by Marta Lança Read More

  5. On how to build a European


    by Ana Bigotte Vieira

    In 1986 I entered primary school, and Portugal joined the European Community.

    Teachers who had learned Geography through the books of the regime (and knew by heart Angola’s railway lines) made me draw 12 yellow stars on a blue background over and over again. Every week I would go to the window to draw Europe in backlight, to find out which were the 12 countries of the European Community. During summer, the Games Without Borders, later Erasmus, then Leonardo Da Vinci and so I learned to be European. Read More

  6. On how to build an immigrant

    by Ana Bigotte Vieira


    The Mediterranean is a solid sea1 crossed by pipelines, cables, pipes, romantic cruises, super oil tankers, nuclear submarines, cargo ships, European fleets, etc. It is Africa’s gateway to Europe, or Europe’s to Africa, and at the same time an abyss, a paradox of the geo-economic global order. A maximum distance of wealth and life chances levels corresponds to a minimum geographical distance, with the South-North movement cruelly restricted, which compels people to risk their lives to do it.

    In 2002 the SIVE (Integrated External Vigilance System), a technological, military, and police device to “shield” the Coast, came into operation in the Mediterranean Sea. It is a system that enables rapid detection of the location of pateras2 even before their arrival to the coast, allowing to block them in the open sea and thereby precluding the application for the refugee status. The SIVE consists of a system of radars, video surveillance cameras and satellite connection. It works thanks to a computerized apparatus designed for this purpose and allows the police in control towers to follow almost “cinematographically” the misfortunes of immigrants in the open sea3. Read More