The establishment of borders is an architecture of territorial collection. While this has always been understood, the expectant juridical frameworks for nation collection are being outgrown, outmoded by the fluidity of capital, uneven growth, and meta sovereign assemblages. As the symptoms of late capital become even more extreme, the age old devices of collection: treaties, borders, and zones, begin to slip, crack, and even break. These slippages, gray areas, and loopholes in international law have been designed; revealing accidental architectures suggesting post-sovereign, and transnational constructs.
Discrepant Sea focuses on potential architectural exploits within one of these gray areas: the irresolute maritime border between Greece and Turkey, located in the Aegean Sea.
A loophole condition exists between the two states, a transnational border zone unclaimed by either nation. The loophole emerged from a discrepancy produced by the distinct reference datums of global projection that Greece and Turkey use in the creation of their nautical charts. Across the Aegean, this discrepancy plays out as a sliver of uncollected space anywhere from 2 to 60 feet across.
Discrepant Sea suggests phantasmagorical yet grounded scenarios for an architecture of waning sovereignty. Interventions within the loophole appear as accidents, but are actually produced by a series of specific mechanisms and details, motors that propel an indeterminate transnational architecture. An ongoing speculative project with Trevor Lamphier, 2012.