(photo credit: Roy Yellin)
With video art and live performances aboard a boat “somewhere in the
Mediterranean,” a project calling itself Exterritory hopes to inspire a new mode
of thinking about territorial borders.
An international art project
created in response to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Exterritory is planning
performances in international waters outside Israel from June 17 to 21, with
stops in Cyprus and Turkey. The performances will be documented and posted on
the project’s Web site.
Two dozen people from around the globe will be
performing, and some 30 artists from around the world will be exhibiting their
“Our mission is to create a platform to explore, discuss and
exhibit art and knowledge that deal with the concept of ex-territory – freedom
from national boundaries and identities – and to create the first
non-territorial museum which is a center for thought about a nationality or lack
of nationality, and the concept of territory home in peoples minds,” Roy Yellin,
an Israeli spokesman for the project, told The Jerusalem Post
added that the recent flotilla fracas in territorial waters outside Israel had
underlined the need for alternative approaches to the concept of
“The recent devastating events stress the need to explore the
concept of ex-territory,” he said . “Our goal is to create a discourse which
will transcend the concept of borders and violent conflicts that are the direct
outcome of territorial boundaries. Both the flotilla to Gaza, and Israeli
reaction to it, acted within the paradigm of territorial borders. We suggest an
altogether new paradigm for thought and action.”
The project will include
artistic works presented through “boat choreography,” floater-view art and
messages in bottles.
The idea for the project came when Israeli artists
Maayan Amir and Ruti Sela began seeking a place to screen a film called Wild
that was compiled with Palestinian and Israeli video clips.
They wanted to
show it in a neutral zone, without national identities.
They decided upon
extraterritorial waters, 11 kilometers from shore.
itself as a non-profit organization that relies on a variety of donors,
declined to elaborate. It wanted to bring together artists from conflict
but believed this type of meeting would have been prohibited by the
Instead, they settled upon a new location at sea.
“The was goal to create
a place possible for a mass participation,” said Yellin. “We don’t have
financial means to do it now, but this is our dream.