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The Jean Monnet Bridge


It will be nothing less than a landmark achievement of humanity: a bridge from North Africa to Europe, a lifeline between two continents and the largest economic stimulus package in the history of the European Union. The promotional video for this unparalleled construction project (see above) provides answers to the most important questions.

Rescue platforms on the Mediterranean


But mankind cannot wait until the bridge’s completion: the Mediterranean is a mass grave. Every year, thousands of refugees drown in the killing fields at Europe’s external borders. According to Jean Ziegler, the death toll is at 36,000- more casualties per year than the total number of people who died at the Iron Curtain during the entire duration of the Cold War.
In order to fight this silent dying efficiently, we will install 1,000 rescue platforms: 1,000 navigation lights as an international commitment to humanity and a monumental symbol of the 21st century. So far, every civilisation has left a mark of magnanimity and generosity on history. 

“The EU welcomes people who underwent an arduous journey seeking refuge across the sea, not with a statue of liberty but with patrol boats, coast guards and reception centres for illegal migrants."

Die Zeit

“Even fighter jets won’t manage to catch up with our hearts. There is, so it seems, a human standard that we cannot alter but only lose.“

Max Frisch

Utopia meets reality


In order to bring humanity to the sea, the first rescue platform “Aylan 1“ (6 x 6m) was loaded onto a ship in the harbour of Licata / Sicily and installed in international waters on 4 October 2015. On board: satellite emergency call devices, direction-finding radio transmitters, radar reflectors, a flag pole, navigation lights, life buoys, a box with a steel insert and solar modules for power generation.

“Does Europe have to be saved by art if politicians fail to do so? A blue plastic island in the Mediterranean turns into a memorial. And Austria’s red-white-red flag is proudly floating in the wind. All those things the artists suddenly have to deal with: Sea conditions and wind force. Emergency numbers and international maritime law. Can such a platform be installed in the Mediterranean? Apparently yes, as long as it is equipped with navigation lights.“

Tagesschau, ARD

  • “We are almost compelled to accept this work of fiction and ask: why not, actually? The CPB takes this realisation very seriously: What has once become reality in the media does not simply disappear.“

    Der Standard
  • “The background music is dramatic. The pictures are ostentatious. We are floating like angels along a stone bridge across the sea. Those who are familiar with the CPB know that these are fake statements and quotes and that the artists will deny this claim up until someone threatens them with legal action.“

    ORF
  • “It reads like a modern fairy tale: The Republic of Austria builds a gigantic bridge from North Africa to Europe in order to end the pointless dying in the Mediterranean."

    rbb
  • “The background music is dramatic. The pictures are ostentatious. We are floating like angels along a stone bridge across the sea. Those who are familiar with the CPB know that these are fake statements and quotes and that the artists will deny this claim up until someone threatens them with legal action.“
    ORF
  • “The artist play with that which is imaginable and that which is doable. They remind decision-makers in business to turn their words into action.“

    Deutschlandradio
  • “Through a fortunate combination of agitation techniques, media competence, idealism and meticulous planning, the CPB designs possible – desirable – political futures. In doing so, it demonstrates what art is ideally able to achieve: to open up room for opportunities that serves as a refuge of the mind in our gloomy (political) everyday life.“

    Der Standard
  • “Megalomania as art project!"
    taz
  • “The rescue platforms were not built by great industrial nations- but by Berlin-based performance artists of the Center for Political Beauty.“

    bento
  • “The Center for Political Beauty has planned its intervention meticulously and came up with a fake mega project that is unparalleled in Europe.“

    Cafébabel

Press

Middle East Eye Austria proposes to bridge Africa and Europe to save refugee lives

Al Jazeera Could a bridge over the Mediterranean save refugees?

Konbini Will A Mediterranean Bridge Help Refugees Reach Europe?

Fairplanet.org Is a bridge to Europe the answer to the refugee crisis?

VPRO tegenlicht Gimme Shelter

ECF labs Artivists present the rescue platform Aylan 1

Majority rights First of 1,000 technologically exorbitant rescue platforms to be launched Oct. 1

Majority rights A Bridge too Near

Shoebat EU Plans To Build A Bridge Between North Africa And Europe


French

Le Nouvelliste Autriche: une association imagine un pont ralliant l'Afrique et l'Europe

Novopress.info Un pont sur la Méditerranée pour aider les immigrés à mieux envahir l’Europe?

Fdesouche Un pont entre l’Afrique et l’Europe en projet ?

Le Nouvel Ordre Mondial Un pont pour Migrants entre l’Afrique et l’Europe en projet?

Arcinfo.ch Autriche: une association imagine un pont ralliant l'Afrique et l'Europe

Konbini Un pont sur la Méditerranée pour aider les réfugiés à rejoindre l’Europe


Italian

Cafebabel "Aylan 1": la zattera di salvataggio per i migranti

Meridionews Un ponte di zattere da Agrigento alla Tunisia L'installazione-provocazione della ong tedesca

Repubblica Migranti, la provocazione austriaca: "Un ponte tra Sicilia e Tunisia"

Cafebabel Attivismo spettacolare: un ponte tra l'Africa e l'Europa?

Focaliza la atencion (Art)activistas colocan primera plataforma de rescate en el mediterráneo: la Aylan 1

Notizia des Giorno Costruiamo un ponte con l'Africa per portare gli immigrati in Italia

Il Giornale "Costruiamo un ponte con l'Africa per portare gli immigrati in Italia"

Linkiesta Il ponte che collegherà Italia e Tunisia per salvare i migranti


Spanish

ctxt Artistas y activistas alemanes construyen la base Aylan 1

Cafebabel Espectacular activismo: Un puente entre África y Europa

Irispress ‘Aylan 1’ la plataforma de rescate de refugiados en el Mediterráneo


Hungarian

VS ORBÁN VIKTOR SEM FOGJA MEGÚSZNI?

Mandiner Hidat építenének a Földközi-tengerre német aktivisták


Arabic

ألف منصة "استراحة" يضعها نمساويون في عرض المتوسط لإنقاذ حياة اللاجئين Addiyar




Haven’t we forgotten something? We are very proud of our progressiveness. But why all this technology, this knowledge, this superiority if it is not in the service of humanity and aims to save lives? Even seemingly backwards societies have a code of honour dictating that people in need must be rescued.