(Italian Limes at the Corderie dell’Arsenale. Photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani, June 2014.)
Italian Limes is a research project and installation presented at the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture that opened on June 7 and will remain on show to the public until November 23. This post is the first in a series of analyses that will set out to expand on the themes of research that underpin the project over the coming months, outlining possible developments and presenting new material not included in the exhibition.
“There are more international borders in the world today than ever there were before.” These are the opening words of the book A Companion to Border Studies by Thomas M. Wilson and Hastings Donnan, one of the most recent and important publications in a new field of research at the intersection between geography, anthropology and political science. It is a statement that places the accent on a fact often overshadowed by all the contemporary talk of global markets and hyper-connectivity: although the process of digitization currently underway has removed many physical constraints on our everyday lives, we inhabit a world still bound by the 19th-century logic of national institutions and their principle of sovereignty. The struggle for territorial independence remains a priority for any minority, rooted in the belief that recognition by the international community requires, in the first place, the definition of a boundary marking out an inviolable portion of land. (Klat magazine)
Italian Limes is a project curated by Folder (Marco Ferrari, Elisa Pasqual) with Pietro Leoni (interaction design), Delfino Sisto Legnani (photography), Dawid Górny, Alex Rothera, Angelo Semeraro (projection mapping), Alessandro Mason (coordination of production) and Claudia Mainardi.