Allegory of the border and the limit | Luis Gil

Muro de Berlín | Fotografía de Oliver Reuther para la agencia Cordon Press
Berlin Wall | Photograph by Oliver Reuther for the Cordon Press agency

The neoliberal actuality that we have had to live makes it difficult, like no other, to refer behaviors, events and attitudes to a stable horizon, a concrete framework that serves as an articulator, as an element of dialogue and background to the analysis of a hardly acotable contemporaneity, nothing defined and a rapid emptying of contents, whose ultimate goal seems to be none other than the material realization of a market of the maximum quantitative scale. The physical horizons and the classic patterns of behavior have vanished in the last decades of the s. XX devaluing itself as reference points in the classical dynamics of Western cultural behaviors. Paradoxically that so banalized, by the means, daily dissolution of the corporeality of the edge, of the frame of reference, is one of the few characteristics that by absence defines the time in which we live.

The aforementioned physical dissolution of the edge and the geographical boundary reached its metaphorical concretion and its symbolic reference through the fall of the Berlin wall as described by Francisco Jarauta.1 But in addition its fall served as a symbolic reference to a series of disappearances and ends long worked in thought and art, throughout the s. XX, although already signed from the s. XIX, on the part of the studies and theories that have allegorically coincided with the end of the bimilenian calendar, including, The death of God announced by Friedrich W. Nietzsche, that of art at the hands of Marcel Duchamp and the critical End of History as Francis Fukuyama referred to it in the temporary company of the explicit End of Ideologies pointed out by Daniel Bell.2


Almost as a summary, of the previous disappearances, and as a figurative finding, the end of the borders to the transnational economy and information as the media repeatedly point out. With this background envelope, while until recently the social, economic and cultural events and behaviors, they maintained a linear argument (including their derivatives the cyclical or pendular movement) whose root was the notion of script or progression, now, they are shown ( we cannot say that they are structured in a movement of a performative nature in which improvisation and randomization at the service of the market plays a fundamental role. Thus, against these new behaviors of a mutable nature, it is very difficult to oppose the forecast arguments that were adapted to the control of more defined structures.

In that constant reference to the End, the words blurring, dissolving, transferring, permeability are already part of the new vocabulary common to many different areas, especially trade and information. Although very contrary to the publicity and topically assumed, the edge, the limit and the separation between economic and social spheres not only does not weaken but seems to be maintained and reaffirmed, diluting well certain certain physical aspects are true, at the same time as reinforce the abstract concepts that generate such separation.

With this loss of structure or contour there is an imbalance in the social conscience and of the individual not yet sufficiently valued, indicated and anticipated clearly in the studies of Pierre Bordieu,3 which will be a mark of society and culture of the coming decades

Con esta pérdida de estructura o de contorno se está produciendo un desequilibrio en la conciencia social y del individuo todavía no lo suficientemente valorado, indicada y anticipada de forma clara en los estudios de Pierre Bordieu,3 que será marcante de la sociedad y cultura de las próximas décadas.

Luis Gil Pita, architect
Santiago de Compostela, November 2019


Jarauta Francisco “Introduction introduction” Otra mirada sobre la época. pg 9. Edt F Jarauta, Yerba Bookstore. Murcia 1994.

In a temporary space where it is difficult to determine whether neoliberal behaviors are part of an ideology in itself or simply are attitudes that paradoxically need the absence of any other ideology.

That describe how neoliberal behaviors have a single vision, dehistorized and dehistorizing, atomized and atomizing.

Article chapter Allegory of the border and the limit, originally published in the Obradoiro magazine nº34, winter 2009.

Luis Gil Pita

Arquitecto por la ETSA de A Coruña en 1997, desde ese año colabora en el estudio de Manuel Gallego Jorreto hasta 1999. Becado de investigación en Holanda en 2000-1, con un estudio sobre lo fronterizo y liminar en arquitectura, por la Diputación de A Coruña, fue posteriormente Profesor invitado en el área de proyectos de la Facultad de Arquitectura de Guimaráes, Universidade do Minho, del 2001 hasta el 2007. Desde el inicio de su carrera ha publicado asíduamente artículos y ha participado como editor en diferentes publicaciones alrededor de la arquitectura.

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