Lecture on: Exterritory and the Limits of Representation, April 11th,
16:00- 18:00, 2017, at University of California Irvine. Followed by a
workshop on Security Aesthetics, 11:00, April 12, 2017, UCI, CA.
Lecture on: Exterritory and the Limits of Representation, April 11th, 16:00- 18:00, 2017, at University of California Irvine. Followed by a workshop on Security Aesthetics, 11:00, April 12, 2017, UCI, CA.
Concepts of Subjectivity, February 23, 2017, Solo show at:
El Instituto Cultural de León (ICL) / Galería Jesus Gallardo, Guanajuato, MexicoConcepts of Subjectivity, February 23, 2017, Solo show at: El Instituto Cultural de León (ICL)/Galería Jesus Gallardo, Guanajuato, Mexico
The Forgotten Space, TBA21’s Lopud Seminar, Croatia, September 8-11, 2016


Preparations to Extraterritorial Scenarios – Keynote lecture at Onassis Cultural Center / Fast Forward and Athens Biennial, May 26, 2016, Athens, Greece

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Representation of the Extraterritorial, Conference organized by Utrecht University in collaboration with the Exterritory art project, 22-23 April 2016, Utrecht University School of Law.

Extraterritorialities in Occupied Worlds

Extraterritorialities in Occupied Worlds, book launch hosted by NYU
Center for the Humanities series of “Great New Books in the
Humanities”, April 6, 2016.


Extraterritorialities in Occupied Worlds
Edited by Maayan Amir & Ruti Sela.
Book launch at the Centre for Research Architecture,
Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London,
March, 16, 2016.
Extraterritorialities in Occupied Worlds – Book Content

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Extraterritorialities in Occupied Worlds edited by Maayan Amir and Ruti Sela ✶ Punctum Books ✶ Brooklyn, NY

Extraterritorialities in Occupied Worlds edited by Maayan Amir and Ruti Sela ✶ Punctum Books ✶ Brooklyn, NY

Flags of Connivance” in “False Flags,” a group exhibition curated by
Noah Simblist.
Pelican Bomb, New Orleans, April 1- May 29, 2016.

Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
Zurich University of the Arts
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Exterritory displayed at the Ashdod Art Museum: From June 6, 2015 (ongoing), Ashdod.

Ashdod Museum

Focus on the Exterritory Project accompanies the exhibition “The Hinder Sea” presenting video documentation of selected activities and symposiums held by the Exterritory Project.

Exterritory exhibited at the Center for Contemporary Art: July 31 till September 26, 2015, Tel-Aviv.  

CCA Tel Aviv“Image Blockade” is an exhibition of new works by Maayan Amir & Ruti Sela that focuses on the intersection between the visual, political, and legal. The works, made within the framework of the Exterritory project, explore the ties between sensory perception, insubordination, censorship, and advanced technology and their links to the control of images.

The works raise many questions such as: How is the sensory perception of those who are obliged to keep information confidential over time affected? What are the limits of transparency when it comes to activism and documentation? What happens when images that may incriminate their creators are withheld from public view through legal means and cannot be used as evidence?

Exterritory exhibited at Science Gallery: August 7 till November 1st , 2015, Dublin.

Science Gallery

In the frame of the exhibition “Secret” dedicated to the exploration of “the future of surveillance, espionage and privacy”, the works “A Secrecy Impulse/ Image Blockade” will be on display.

Crossing the cruise Conference organized by Geheimagentur: August 22, 2015, Hamburg. 'Crossing the Cruise' Conference organized by Geheimagentur

The conference invites reflection on the sea as an environment on the backdrop of questions of power relations with the earth. Together with experts, artists and activists working on and around the sea. Exterritory would discuss recent political imageries of the extraterritorial sea space, as proposed by activists.

Exterritory Symposum at the Stedelijk Museum 15 March 2015, 13:00 – 17:30, Amsterdam.

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The Stedelijk Museum is proud to present The Exterritory Project Symposium in close collaboration with SMBA. The symposium brings together artists, scholars and curators who will explore the various conceptual and geographical spaces exterior to the laws of nation-states and beyond the modern geographical division of the world.

Ruti Sela & Maayan Amir will discuss their new video work Image Blockade, which they have developed as a commission for the New Museum Triennial 2015. Image Blockade looks into the censorship of Israeli secret army intelligence, and Sela and Amir will present parts of it and explain how the work fits into the general aim of the Exterritory Project. Legal philosopher Mireille Hildebrandt (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam) will explore extraterritoriality in cyberspace by inquiring into its non-modern spatiality, keeping in mind that the enforcement of human rights depends on territorial jurisdiction and its core of mutually exclusive boundaries of territorial control. Architect Malkit Shoshan (FAST, the Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory) will investigate the extraterritoriality of infrastructures that are created for United Nations and NATO peacekeeping and reconstruction missions around the world, from Kosovo to Iraq and Afghanistan. Professor and architect Eyal Weizman (Goldsmiths, University of London) will consider the extraterritoriality of drone warfare, to highlight the territorial and architectural dimension of military campaigns in territories of weaker states by the military apparatus of dominating powers such as the United States. Research curator Steven ten Thije (L’Internationale museum confederation, Van Abbemuseum) will moderate the symposium. All contributions will be collected in an artist’s book of research that brings together existing research on extraterritoriality as well as to encourage new thoughts on the concept.


“Image Blockade” – A New Video Work by Exterritory as Part of the New Museum Triennial, 25 February – 24 May 2015, Presented at the New-Museum, New York.

Curated by Lauren Cornell and Ryan Trecartin. The new work, titled Image Blockade, explores censorship and the notion of extraterritorial images. In collaboration with Hagar Goldberg, Meytal Wilf, The Rafi Malach Research Group, Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science. http://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/the-generational-triennial

Ruti Sela& Maayan Amir, Image Blockade, Exterritory Project, 2015

Exploring the Blind Spots of Secrecy, Censorship, and National Security with Exterritory
March 1, 2015 New Museum Event, New Museum, New York.

Employing the concept of “exterritoriality,” which designates spaces, entities, and individuals whose physical location or legal status places them outside the jurisdiction of a state, Amir and Sela attempt to create arenas in which nationality and ideology are unsettled and perhaps transcended. Their single-channel video in the Triennial, Image Blockade (2015), explores issues of censorship examining the ways in which the enforced restriction of information shapes and affects the brain.



Leaden Circles Dissolved In The Air

18 March 2015, Anna Loulou Bar, Jaffa.

14 January 2015, Arches Promenade, Ashdod.

Exterritory invites artist and curator Ferhat Özgür to curate selection of videos entitled “leaden circles dissolved in the air: selected videos by artists from Turkey” brings artists together who are symbolically and extensively dealing in their works with ongoing crucial issues such as nationalism, patriotism, gender issues, otherness, economical traumas and the tension between tradition and modernity. Used as a connective element between different characters in the screening the selection title, which is derived from Virginia Woolf’s most significant novel “Mrs Dalloway,” calls to mind similarly the intersection of different points of view. The title also emphasizes the power of signs and symbols in artistic expression. Through their work, each of participating artists showcases their belief in the potency of images and symbols. Participating artists: Selda Asal, Fikret Atay, Canan, Cengiz Tekin, Hale Tenger.

Ashdod- January 14, 2015

‘Flags of Convenience’- Workshop

Union of Comoros, Africa 27 May-2 June 2014.  

Exploring extraterritoriality and questions related to the registration practice of: “flag of convenience” a step often taken to circumvent legal requirements and avoid minimal human right standards, a workshop and a talk in the frame of “Festival d’Arts Contemporains des Comores”.

‘Flags of Convenience’- Workshop, Union of Comoros

‘Flags of Convenience’- Workshop, Union of Comoros

The Art of Not Being Governed 19-21 December 2013

Images and Protest at the ‘Age of Resistance’:

’Sodom and Gomorrah’

’Sodom and Gomorrah’

Introduction workshop on ‘The Art of Not Being Governed‘ for artists by Ruti Sela & Maayan Amir at the Center for Contemporary Art Tel-Aviv (CCA). Followed by  filmed interventions created by the artist in ’Sodom and Gomorrah’.

Exterritory at CCA

Exterritory at CCA


Exterritory Project Symposium 20 December 2013

Extraterritoriality, Human Rights, and Thoughts about Avant-Garde:  With the participation of: Dr. Julien Seroussi, & Dr. Eliav Lieblich


Seroussi is a member of the French division that investigates international crimes, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Previously worked as an analyst at The Hague International Criminal Court. In English, he published the article “The Cause of Universal Jurisdiction: The Rise and Fall of an International Mobilization”, in “Lawyers and the Construction of Transnational Justice” (Routledge, 2012).

Lieblich specializes in public international law, particularly the international law on the use of force and international humanitarian law in non-international conflicts, international human rights law and international organizations. Published many articles, this year he published the book “International Law and Civil Wars: Intervention and Consent” (Routledge, 2013).

Contemporary art discourse oftentimes employs terms such as “universality” and “human rights”, alongside an extensive preoccupation with questions surrounding the possibility of representing war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

The symposium “Extraterritoriality, Human Rights, and Thoughts about Avant-Garde” addressed the way international criminal law has been investigating in recent years different possibilities for formulating these terms, while considering the ethical, political and legal difficulties generated in the attempt to form a law that is not based only on national-territorial law in each country, and involve the attempts to enforce laws that will apply to human society as a whole.


Extraterritorial Images: Questions on Borders of Images

28-29 December 2012

The Red Sea

The art event “Extraterritorial Images: Questions on Borders of Images” will experiment and question the boundaries of images while also looking at the different ways in which images participate in the construction of ethical, metaphorical and concrete borders. During the two days event we will also open up questions on the ways in which weapon technology effect and reshape image borders, explore the relations between control at a distance and image production, and experiment with the borders of images in space

The event will include workshopsbyguest curators: Denis Pernet, Joon Lynn Goh, Questions on Borders of Images (at Sea), Space, Subjects, Objects and their Different Interests: Documentaries Cinema Program, Towards Extraterritorial Literature? Talk by Author Nir Baram and Literature Critic and Editor: Maya Feldman

among participating artist: Oliver Laric, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Silvia Casalino , Straybird, They Are Here, The Vacuum Cleaner, Zierle & Carter.

Free entrance: register in advance by email: info@exterritory-project.org

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Exterritory Red Sea

Exterritory Red Sea

Exterritory Red Sea

Exterritory Red Sea

Exterritory Red Sea

Exterritory Red Sea

Exterritory Red Sea

Exterritory Red Sea

Exterritory Red Sea

Exterritory Red Sea


Exterritory Project, Research and Development, in London,

10-15th Dec 2012

In the course of the ongoing exploration of theoretical and practical ideas concerning extraterritoriality in different discourses and practices, and to collaborate on plans to stage future events and joint interdisciplinary research which will take place in London, Israel as well as other places, we will be exploring the ways in which exterritoriality will be imagined, performed and generated in near future events.

together with independent producer, Joon Lynn Goh, from DISTANCE.

This is generously supported by BIARTS.


Exterritory Project Symposium

with Angus Cameron, Dana Diminescu, Stuart Elden and Laurent Jeanpierre
moderated by Anat Ben-David, Introduction: Ruti Sela and Maayan Amir.

at COMPTOIR GENERAL 80 quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris

Wednesday, May 2, 2012, from 5 pm to 9 pm

Co-organised by Kadist Art Foundation and Evens Foundation.

The symposium will explore the ways in which extraterritoriality is imagined, articulated, understood, preformed and generated in different discourses and practices. Since the search for extraterritoriality leads both to the history of western jurisprudence as much as it does to the future of advanced technologies, the purpose of this symposium is twofold: it aims at unpacking the existing definitions of extraterritoriality, as well as at reloading it with new meanings about the relationships between space, technology, economies and knowledge production. The conference marks a departs from the focus on exterritorial spaces, to the attempt of defining exterritorial epistemologies – the varied kinds of knowledge generated inside and outside different objects and technologies that are simultaneous and multiple, and that may expand the possibilities to rethink notions of territory, agency, the nation state, global capitalism or sovereign powers and their constructions. It is the first in a series of symposiums that we initiate as part of the Project’s theoretical endeavourer to create a public platform for critical and poetic examination of the concept of extraterritoriality by bringing together existing research from various fields such as Geography, History, Economy, Science and Technology, Sociology, Philosophy etc., that has critically reflected on extraterritoriality and related notions in recent years. The theoretical contributions forming these conferences alongside additional essays will be included in a publication due to be published in the course of 2013.

The 2nd of May, 2012, Symposium 1

The 2nd of May, 2012, Symposium 1


The 8th of May Symposium 2

Subspatial and Subtemporal, The Exterritoriality of Art  and questions of Presence and Technology.

With Graham Harman, Anselm Franke and a presentation by Doron Freidman

The 8th of May, 2012, Symposium 2

The 8th of May, 2012, Symposium 2


“Thinking about (unstable) images in (unstable) spaces”

projection of sequences of still images on sailing boats.

14 October 2010

The selections were made by different photographers which we asked to respond to the following questions: What kinds of images “benefit” from being unstable? What types of images can survive a space in which borders are constantly changing? What types of images become “better defined”, when the spaces in which they are presented are unstable and in flux?

The event included lectures by Exterritory team: Anat Ben-David  on “Exterritory in  Digital Spaces” and Renard Gluzman on “Part time Pirates- Piracy in the Mediterranean in the early modern period.

Creators of the event: Ruti Sela and Maayan Amir


Mediterranean exterritorial waters

17-21 June 2010

After nine months of intense research and production, our first event took place in June 2010, in a form of a floating journey on board three boats sailing somewhere in the exterritorial waters of the Mediterranean. During the event, twenty participants from across the globe joined in an attempt to interpret and distill the concept of Exterritory, both in art and thought.
Leaving from the shores of Israel and stopping in Cyprus,  over than 50 artworks and curated programs that examined the notion of exterritory in various media such as performance, installation, video, and sound were presented . Some of the works were emergent, site-specific, and utilized marine equipment (broadcasts over marine radio, public presentations on the decks), boat parts (such as video projection on sails, presented to the public on shore), spontaneous screenings at the beach and floater-view-art in the middle of the sea. On-board discussions and panels were documented and the documentation will be presented as artwork at a later stage.
In the upcoming months, we plan to present the project and its outcomes, as well as to publicly raise new questions that have come up after our journey in various public forms, such as academic conferences and public spaces. Exterritory next activities are now being finalized and will be announced soon.Initiated in 2009 by artists/curators Ruti Sela and Maayan Amir as a response to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian political conflict, Exterriroty wishes to bring together artists and thinkers from conflict areas, who can hold reconcilliation meetings usually under the auspices of third countries, mainly in Europe and the USA. The project aims to create a different location both mentally and geographically: a floating platform for inter-cultural exchange outside the sovereign territory of any specific country.Historically, the distance separating territory from exterritory is the length of a cannon shot. Symbolically, if weapons define territory, exterritory commences where the power of weapons has no domain. Exterritory is the space between nations, as well as between cultures, between the subject and a sum of enacted ideological interpolations.

Salt Lake_workshop

Salt Lake_workshop

exterritorial waters screening on sails

exterritorial waters screening on sails

exterritorial waters screening on sails

exterritorial waters screening on sails

exterritorial waters screening on sails

exterritorial waters screening on sails


exterritorial waters screening on sails

Exterritory Preview Event, September 2009.

Artists, curators and writers from around the world – were invited to take part in the project. It  included a discussion and a partial screening of Wild West, a video program specifically created as part of the artistic research of the project by Ruti Sela and Maayan Amir. Wild West explores a recurrent theme in the works of video artists from the Middle East: the use of imagery and subject matter derived from the Western film genre. Wild West will eventually include videos by leading Middle Eastern artists from the recent decade, some of whom refuse to show their work in Israel. The video program in its entirety will eventually be screened during the first Exterritory cruise. Its cinematic duels, when screened on the ship’s white sails – reminiscent of white flags – will produce a first example of the kind of imagery the project wishes to generate.


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