Networked _001

Posted on November 30, 2012

by Peter Mörtenböck

>>Like the thresholds of consistency and constraint, the threshold of deterritorialisation is not evolutionary but rather coexists with the flows yet to cross it. While the stability of territorialisation may serve to control the flows of migration and trade across borders as well as the endurance of the borders themselves, deterritorialising pressures such as the increasing flow of financial resources or the mobility of legal or illegal workers amplify the strength of networks and the extreme elasticity of their operations. What emerges through the untoward disruptions, dislocations and redirections provoked by these global manoeuvres is a new consciousness of spatiality, a new kind of space whose cohesion depends not so much on distance as on loose affiliations, political alignments, market relations and aesthetic imaginations.

One result of this process is a frightening incompleteness of space, an openness whose requirements can never be fully met. This development is increasingly fragmenting the ideas of interiority and exteriority underlying our representation of the border to the point of completely eroding the possibility of adequately representing borders and territories. It is precisely the different mobilities of the network economies presently being constituted that elucidate the fact that the capacity for human action relies far more on its creative interplay with a trans-border milieu comprising co-agents, processes, technologies and perceptual regimes than on its absolute position in a stable spatial environment.<<

Peter Mörtenböck,

Professor of Visual Culture at the Vienna University of Technology and

visiting researcher in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London

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