Snake is a piece where we explore how hypermasculinity performs and informs the built environment. The interesection of biological architectures and privilege in the public realm.
The chronicle of increasing isolation of a group of artists attempting to reach the World's most remote human inhabited place, the island of Tristan da Cunha.
Meziara is a village in Northern Lebanon, where most of its residents do business in Nigeria for most of the year, before returning every summer. The suburb to an invisible city.
The extraction and export of 'Jerusalem Stone' is one of the most lucrative businesses in the Palestinian Territories, and remains highly unregulated. Everyone wants a piece of the holy land.
Souvenirs are tokens that help to perpetuate spatial narratives. Mass produced around the world, they serve as a vehicle through which power narratives are unfolded and displayed.
MEMENTO LOCI unpacks some of these strategies.
Slavutych was built to rehouse the workers of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It is made up of 13 districts, each inspired by a different Soviet city. With 86, we are building a new district based on Athens.
STOP OVER CITY
Moscow City is a decaying business district in Central Moscow. By linking it to the two largest airports in the city and giving it the status of 'international transfer zone' we would revitalize this vacant territory.
STATUES & STATUTES
VDNHk park in central Moscow is a spatial technology that serves to advance an imperialistic idea based on an old regime.
(re)appropriating (post)soviet narratives.
NATION STATE OF MIND
Nation State of Mind proposes an alternative understanding of the nation in a post-national world. What is the role of territoriality and locality in Ecumenopolis?
Mariupol is a mono-industry town in Eastern Ukraine. Its population has been shrinking since the collapse of the USSR. This is a manifesto to embrace its shrinking condition and work with it.
EXPEDITION TO ECUMENOPOLIS
Expedition to Ecumenopolis is a series of workshops that we deliver to different groups in order to collectively think about ideas evolving around contemporary urbanism in the age of hyper-globalisation.
VOCABULARY FOR ECUMENOPOLIS
In the era of Globalization and the Antropocene, we find that there are a new set of urban qualities/phenomena that take place globally. Here is a glossary that attempts to identify some of those.
Based on research and field visits to Tiraspol, the capital of Transnistria - a self-proclaimed republic between Ukraine and Moldova – the video piece “Nation State of Mind” imagines a future of alternative state governance.
Emergence of new forms of administration and policies in the territories that can be characterized as Borderlands – an understanding of a zone that performs but also breaks, contradicts and subverts the rules of the place or the idea that it confines, an active and productive space, where existing paradigms can be challenged and new ones emerge.
“Nation State of Mind” looks in particular to the border conditions associated with institutionalization of a physical terrain - jus solis v. jus sanguis – an understanding that is one of the pillars framing the modern myth of nation-state accompanied with hymn and flag, a territory and a people.
We look beyond that physical terrain and understand the modus operandi of Borderland - a state transgressing the territoriality, the State of mind and the State of global citizenships.
“Nation State of Mind” constructs an image of global state where different territories and spaces with different purposes overlap each other without clear boundaries - fragments of customs, languages and identities blurring into each other.
Project producer: Alina Bibisheva
NATION STATE OF MIND
video (post production) -- 2016