territory, Nancy Garín Guzmán, Antoine Silvestre

narrator Nancy Garín Guzmán, Antoine Silvestre
term territory
published 30 March 2022, Madrid

To think about constituencies is fundamentally to think about power and democracy. The reference of most democracies has been given for the last 300 years by the French and North-American revolutions. In this framework, our understanding of power and its constitution has shaped our institutions, the State, of course, but also any other, like the cultural institutions once they have emerged in the last century, or the Museum.
More and more, in many places most of the time situated at the edge of the Occident-centered world system, we are witnessing the consolidation of new models of constitutions and political forms (Zapatism, Rojava, Bolivía, Chile, etc.. ). Each of these specific - and different - examples of redefinition of the political, via a profound work regarding the fundamental legitimacy of the constituent power, gives a clear relevance to the notion of territory. Nature’s rights, the common management of its resources like water, a plurinational approach, are only a few examples of the importance and particularity of this relationship with their land.
Espectros (our project) understand Urbanity as the content and ever-evolving relation between Capitalism and Space (Neil Brenner). By doing so, we see Urbanity as both the biggest production of the Modern Western System (I. Wallerstein) and as the process of utilization of territories under the capitalistic matrix. Territory means Urbanity inside this matrix.
We propose the term Territory as an opportunity for the Museum to resonate with another conception of the constituency of power (away from the sequence Bourgeois Revolution -> National state -> Cultural institutions), moving toward the fissures appearing at the edge of our democracies, where new forms of the political are emerging.