'JURISDICTIONS: an investigation into the micropolitics & topologies of the concurrent constituencies of Europe' was a practice-based research project carried out for the Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen International Fellowship Program for Art and Theory 2011-12.
This project investigated the contradictions and possibilities that emerge when concurrent jurisdictions are discovered, performed, or reproposed. It began by looking at the local topologies of simultaneous jurisdictions that underlie the seemingly self-evident integrity of maps and spatially designated “units of governance” in several locations, including Tyrol. Etymologically [juris-]diction means to declare. To claim a jurisdiction is to declare the law, to speak it, to announce it to be so. Legal terms such as jurisdiction and constituency refer to both spatial units of governance—territories around which a line is drawn—and to groups of people. Do these bodies and “units” simply coincide with the bio-political regimes that count, parse, divide, include, and exclude? What are the daily micropolitical relations, desires, and patterns of movement of those who inhabit such jurisdictions? What forms can record these spaces topologically (e.g., through properties of convergence, connectedness, and continuity) rather than topographically? Would it be possible to make visible a geography of “orientations, directions, entries and exits”? European Charters on regional autonomy and minority languages have been discussed not only in the contested peripheral Euro spaces of Northern Ireland and former Yugoslavia, but also in the Tyrol region in the “center” of Europe. As part of this project Susan KELLY is looking at maps, statutes, charters, and other legal documents relating to the Three Provinces Parliament as well as the 2001 joint Alpendeklaration. Could more complex territories and histories such as these challenge the alarming growth of right wing discourses of nationalism, anti-immigration, and protectionism in so-called “Austerity Europe”?
Lectures and Seminars given as part of Fellowship:
‘Earth Objects Earth Objects: Topology, Experiments, Jurisdictions’, with Nabil Ahmed and Susan Schuppli, public seminar, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck, 2012 (part of Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen Fellowship in Art and Theory, 2011-12)
‘Jurisdictions: An Investigation into the Micropolitics & Topologies of the Concurrent Constituencies of South London,’ public lecture Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck, 2011 (part of Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen Fellowship in Art and Theory, 2011-12)
‘Jurisdictions: An Investigation into the Micropolitics & Topologies of the Concurrent Constituencies of Europe’, invited speaker, Institute for Art and Design, Technical University, Vienna, 2012
Seminar and Workshop Series in Conjunction with Institute of Architectural Theory and the History of Building, University of Innsbruck, Summer Semester 2012, University of Innsbruck