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Daniel Szalai

Modernism brought fundamental changes in the way we conceptualize the urban space, which resulted in the pigeons being perceived as nuisances or pests. Through an investigation of the pigeon-related bureaucracy of the city of Vienna, the project, Stadtluft focuses on the political, scientific and technical apparatuses in which the modernist spatio-visual logic imposed on pigeons is being implemented, and highlights their similarities to the means of oppression of social groups. At the same time, by turning a spotlight on the metaphor of "rats with wings", the work connects its subject with the rhetorical framing of human groups on a broader political horizon and raises awareness of stigmatization through animalization.

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