Exploring the Blind Spots of Secrecy, Censorship, and National Security with Exterritory
March 1 2015
The collaborative Exterritory (Maayan Amir and Ruti Sela) was founded in 2009 in response to the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Employing the concept of “exterritoriality,” which designates spaces, entities, and individuals whose physical location or legal status places them outside the jurisdiction of a state, Amir and Sela attempt to create arenas in which nationality and ideology are unsettled and perhaps transcended. Their single-channel video in the Triennial, Image Blockade (2015), explores issues of censorship by scientifically examining the ways in which the enforced restriction of information shapes and affects the brain. At this event, they will screen their new work Image Blockade (2015) and discuss larger issues of secrecy, censorship, and national security that it touches on.