Can design fiction allow for a reconsideration and reimagining of politics and borders?

Using the European border system called Frontex (ie: The European Border and Coast Guard Agency, an agency of the European Union headquartered in Warsaw, Poland, tasked with border control of the European Schengen Area, in coordination with the border and coast guards of Schengen Area member states as a case study https://frontex. europa.eu/) , this research project by Eduardo Castillo-Vinuesa aims to unveil the logics by which contemporary borders operate. Borders have ceased to appear as simple fences and have became complex techno political devices. Indeed, Eduardo believes that borders functions to optimize the metabolisms of human mobility following capital markets and its fluctuations.

For the purpose of the research programme, Eduardo built a design fiction which acts as a counternarrative to the activities of FRONTEX. In Eduardo’s design fiction titled FRONT_X, we experience guerrilla activism, psychotechnological grimoire, counter- political manifestos, theory-Fiction, futurology and journalism, all at once to offer a counter-propaganda, a true doppelganger to FRONTEX.

FRONT_X blurs the limits between reality and fiction with the intention of placing the viewer in dark and uncomfortable places from which to question the current border dynamics and the technological constructions that sustain it.

As part of its political agenda, FRONT_X has just published the unique FRONTEX BESTIARY. An introduction to the real anatomy of FRONTEX as a technopolitical behemoth by cataloging and analyzing the different “monsters” that constitute it. Eduardo Castillo-Vinuesa is now working on bringing this fiction back to the Agency Frontex in order to start a dialogue and conversation around their mode of actions.