Exterritory Project aims to encourage both the theoretical and practical exploration of ideas concerning extraterritoriality in an interdisciplinary context. We are looking for new meeting points positioned outside the boundaries of any clearly defined place which have the potential to evade the imposition of any specific ideology or language and that may reshuffle existing territory-related distinctions, opening new possibilities to rethink political spaces, technologies, objects, economies and their constructions.
The project was conceived in 2009, when we projected artworks of artists from the Middle East onto the sails of boats located in exterritorial waters – an autonomous sphere at a removal from the confines of any one national territory. The project’s point of departure was the wish to become a platform in transit, sailing on exterritorial waters as an attempt to offer artists, curators and thinkers from various conflict-ridden areas an alternative conceptual and geographical sphere for artistic and discursive exchange that would bypass the laws of territory and nationality.
Since 2010 the project expanded into an ongoing collaborative art initiative striving to create different platforms for bringing together artists, activists, thinkers and scholars from a wide range of disciplines, searching for ways in which the notion of extraterritoriality could produce critique of discriminating power structures and re-articulate new practical, conceptual and poetical possibilities.
The practice of the Exterritory Project is based on initiating different interventions aiming to explore and create varied forms of exterritorial spaces and exterritorial epistemologies. Exterritory Project takes form in on-sea events, on the internet, in scientific experiments, research, public symposiums and in other interventions, attempting to create alternative situations for encounter, research, discussion and art-making and to generate networks of intellectual and professional connections that surpass national politics and social hierarchies.
The main agenda of Exterritory Project is to foster an open structure for thought that concentrates on exploring the notions of exterritory and extraterritoriality in various fields of knowledge. We hope that this unstable, flux and dynamic notion will become both a catalyst and a tool for critically reflecting upon culture’s discriminating geographies, while potentially setting up enclaves of (temporary) autonomy for knowledge production and exchange.