Hypothetical Reterritorialisations

Ongoing

At the core of this project is a computor program - FieldMachine - that allows the public user to design systems for the autonomous self-provision of food and biofuel.

FieldMachine asks the user to construct a nutritionally balanced diet from a wide selection of geolocationally specific crops in its database. FieldMachine then calculates the precise amount of land needed to maintain this diet on an annual basis according to climate and latitude using data from WHO, FDA, and the UN.

After this, FieldMachine calculates how many other people could survive on the chosen diet in the political territory of the user.

Next, the user's design is printed, and the user is asked to add it to other designs collected at the exhibition location to create a collective Hypothetical Reterritorialisation of a chosen geographical area (usually close to the gallery or institution where the FieldMachine is located).

Hypothetical Reterritorialisations have taken place at Haifa Museum of Modern Art, TATE St Ives and IZOLYATSIA (Ukraine).

FieldMachine has been presented at Serpentine Gallery, DIVUS (Prague), and Muzeum Sztuki Lodz (Poland).

The FieldMachine software and public participation methodology was researched and developed in collaboration with Kenna Hernly.

Link to: FieldMachine archive

FieldMachine installed at Haifa Museum of Modern Art. The public were asked to create a Hypothetical Reterritorialisation using Mondrian's 'Composition 2' (1937) as the framework for the overall design.
FieldMachine installed at Haifa Museum of Modern Art. The public were asked to create a Hypothetical Reterritorialisation using Mondrian's 'Composition 2' (1937) as the framework for the overall design.