Sans Terre: A Temporary Institute for the Investigation of Urbanism
May 30, 2004 – March 2005
Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA (as part of “The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere”, curated by Nato Thompson)
A Large archive and research space. Archive contained materials gathered and developed globally. Research space supported work from mapping and diagramming, to microbiological work, to systems based understandings, to formal discussions and debates.
A series of public “Imanent Collection Walks” in the North Adams area.
A series of research and archive work days.
A public walk through of the archive
An open invitation and support to global collaborators.
"What would it mean to devise a series of practices of everyday life... for mapping the planet not according to how it may be occupied, managed or conquered but, rather, how it may be reimagined as, in spurse’s words, “an experiment in the production of what is in common”? In Sans Terre, this rethinking takes shape through the dispersion of the centrality of the human subject... Spurse postulates what it would mean to move away from the idea that only a human subject is possessed of agency and allows for the possibility that agency occurs in a variety of forms, unfolds in a range of processes and is embodied in a multiplicity of materialities. Sans Terre’s success as “intervention” resides in the shift from posing this question to actually experimenting with ways of inhabiting it". (Chris Thompson, "spurse: The Interventionists Art in the Social Sphere")