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Data Rush

Data Rush

Julian Röder

Mission and Task (2012-2013)

Direct contact between the border police and migrants in the EU will continue to decrease in the future. Not because the flow of migrants will run dry, but because advancing technology ensures that the surveillance of the EU’s external borders is becoming increasingly abstract. The new border surveillance system EUROSUR, which became operational in 2013, analyses data forwarded by satellites, radar stations, airplanes and drones. The information from participating countries is automatically and immediately exchanged with everyone through the network. Planned border crossings can thus be detected long before the border is in sight. People are thereby reduced to data, streams, points of light, and signals, and are no longer seen as individuals. Through surveillance, an infrastructure is fabricated that places the maintenance of Europe’s prosperity over a responsible way of dealing with ‘the other’.


Julian Röder (East Germany, 1981) trained as a photographer at the photographer-run agency Ostkreuz in Berlin. In 2009, he completed his photography studies at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig and also at the Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften in Hamburg. His work has been awarded the Europäischer Architekturfotografie-Preis, the Lead Award and the Lotto Brandenburg Art Prize, among others.