I have been travelling a lot this year. The worries and unknown fears when I am passing time zones, that time passes too fast while I am in this passage and unstable environment, makes me aware of the power of the territorial. As a form of power it is a certain place or geography always expressing shifting relations to external movements, circumstances. Being in vast, and then almost immediately hyper-crowded places, suggests a constant inclusion and fast reworking of such relational forms of power, how they affect my own narrative, and thus give an idea of how variable the territorial in itself is. On my way from Perugia, Italy, back to London, the flight is delayed for about two hours due to adverse weather conditions. In a distractingly tiny waiting lounge at Perugia airport I read “Unbounded”, a recent text by Irit Rogoff in Networked Cultures (Irit Rogoff, Unbounded, pp.46-51. In: Peter Mörtenböck & Helge Mooshammer (eds) Networked Cultures, Parallel Architectures and the Politics of Space, Rotterdam: NAi Publishers, 2008). In a way that maps out poignantly some of my own experiences – which I cannot write down or voice easily -, she describes the intrinsic link between territorialities and intellectual paradigms,
and the necessity of working precisely within the complex zone where boundaries become sensitive and transparent. Indeed, only by inhabiting and reworking these boundaries is it possible to think about them as something that cannot “sustain their divisive capabilities” (Rogoff, 2008 p.51). If I’d draw a diagram of my movement, geographically – intellectually, it would then always be a projection or fiction – in other words, a sketch of a path virtually completed.
“I prefer not to use predictable paths” is an excerpt from a mobile phone text message from Heath Bunting to the author, 22-Aug-07 15:31, during Bunting’s project BorderXing, commissioned by Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck.
Verina Gfader is an artist and researcher based in London. Her interest is in the criticality of emerging practices and economies of art, addressing themes of non-linearity, modes of resistance, and articulations of the ‘active’ work. After completing a PhD at Central Saint Martins London, she joined CRUMB web resource for media art curators. Collaborating with Colm Lally (E:ventGallery London) they explore event structures, dialogical forms, agency and artistic inter-vention, in contemporary practices.
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