https://www.terranullius.global is geolocative and planetary-scale sound intervention articulated by the suboceanic, terrestrial, and atmospherical sensorial layers of a technosphere informing new ways of conceptualizing the planet." />

https://www.terranullius.global is geolocative and planetary-scale sound intervention articulated by the suboceanic, terrestrial, and atmospherical sensorial layers of a technosphere informing new ways of conceptualizing the planet. As a cultural artifact suggesting a critical objectification of the Earth, it entangles geographical abstractions of modernity with emergent techniques supported by planetary-scale infrastructures for proposing an experimental way of delimitating the terrestrial surface. The project aims at nurturing a new ecology of concepts growing from a political memory that responds to the urgent need of proposing imaginaries that, ideally, set the foundations for envisioning the Earth through a lens that is coherent with a global crisis.

The intervention understands the Equator—which geographically has a width of approximately forty kilometers —as a threshold zone from where to call into question the ontological taxonomy of geopolitics. It frames this latitude line as a metaphorical area emancipated from binary categories in which land belongs neither to the South or North; it frames it as nobody’s land, as a Terra Nullius. The principle of Terra Nullius, often implemented in international law, holds a remarkable historical relevance as one of the central axes for the expansion of the colonial apparatus and modern territorial schemes foreseeing the acquisition of peripheral land to be rationally domesticated, planned, and re-engineered as a whole to feed a world economic order reliant on extractivist practices.

As a project that seeks to investigate its political condition of production and circulation, the implementation of tools and processes inherent in planetary-scale computational systems seeks to open a critical space from where to think about the subjectivities in the technosphere integration. The conceptual logic of the intervention departs from the assumption that the leading condition of complex societies will be systems, infrastructures and networks rather than individual human agents. In this scenario, the notion of planetary-scale computation is at the forefront as a mystified, almost sublime, hyperobject demanding to be disseminated to find alternative ways for detaching its power from necropolitical and extractivist practices. It is conceived as a speculative platform from where to imagine alternative regimes of governance. Ones in which the imperative notion of property—pervasive in liberal democracies—is replaced by a shared sense of collectiveness and integral connection enabled by planetary-scale technologies: Earth as nobody’s land, therefore everybody’s.

This geolocative platform is supported by data collected from Google Earth and Google Maps to create a virtual map around the Equator delimitating the URL’s exact shape that names and hosts the project. The virtual perimeter within the letters and characters that compose the mapped area acts as a sensitive zone to trigger an audio file reproducing the sound of gray noise resulting from an internal process of analyzing the GPS coordinates retrieved from the users’ mobile device utilized to access the project.

10/2020

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