No Borders ''Presence and Absence'' – Glasgow / Damascus © Douaa Arkoub

No Borders ''Presence and Absence'' – Glasgow / Damascus

Douaa Arkoub

University of Strathclyde

Project Description

The project is a tale of two cities. It is a reflection of six parameters of a city that is becoming a twin with another city for a short period of time while leaving its twinning evidence in both cities forever. The six parameters include: history, art, architecture, culture, storytelling and innovations, which are displayed in the host city using digital art and advanced technologies that immerse visitors with stories of the twin city. It is a broad idea that can be applied between any two cities. The twinning process is associated with an urban projection that transforms a public space in the receiver city into another public space existing in the broadcasting city. This not only puts us in the physical environment of another city but also brings us feelings and thoughts of people from the other part of the world.

Sustainability Agenda

The project seeks to strengthen universal peace by fostering peaceful and just societies. Revitalizing global connections are promoted by enhancing global solidarity with the participation of cities from all around the world. In addition, the project provides productive employment opportunities in different fields in every city participating in twinning events. ‘No borders’ is an opportunity for building connections through sharing art and experiences that connect nations across geographical, historical, cultural and political borders.