Nonterritorial Foundation founded to facilitate experiential forms of art production and exhibition: an international non-profit initiative bringing together artists and exhibitors in an autonomous network that transcends geographical boundaries and bypasses the limitations imposed by conventional exhibition and circulation models.
Though radical and challenging, the goals of Nonterritorial Foundation are simple: to create new possibilities for artists by opening up international connections between them and locations. We wish to develop new models for how and where artists create and for the contexts in which what they create can be exhibited and experienced.
We are interested in generating unfamiliar artistic and aesthetic categories and experiences that privilege the intangible over the tangible: art that may not be immediately comprehensible as such by conventional standards or taxonomies yet that the viewer can immediately feel is the authentic.
While we intend to make the most of all the digital tools available, including an in-development of interface to help initiate and facilitate relationships and communications across the network, our emphasis is always upon enabling real relationships between real people in real space.
Such real spaces could be exhibition spaces and more unexpected: private and public locations. We collaborate with individuals, institutions, and entire cities.
Every exhibition is a collaborative effort. Often, however, it is not treated as such, and the responsibility falls exclusively on the artists. In the long run, such an arrangement can only have reductive effects on the art world as a whole. Nonterritorial's horizontal approach marks a break with this trend. In fact, artists, guests, viewers, and collectors all have an active role, and Nonterritorial is open to anyone who wants to contribute to this restructuring.
The artist benefits from the list of spaces that Nonterritorial offers throughout Europe and beyond, each with its own audience, which will grow as programming multiplies.
The role of the host is particularly important since the spaces themselves are the nodes that make up the Nonterritorial network. A network in which unpredictable intercultural affinities can arise, a living and constantly growing archive, a transnational audience and new ways to involve it.
Because Nonterritorial is an open platform, audience members are not limited to a predetermined mode of participation. The role of the spectator can develop seamlessly and involve more involvement.
Nonterritorial archives are open to all and can be used to produce further programming, collect works, research new artists and scenes, and invite critical or artistic responses.
There are no rigid criteria for what makes a space suitable for an exhibition. Nonterritorial spaces are chosen for their varied and sometimes ineffable qualities. Each space that hosts an exhibition becomes part of Nonterritorial's network, its engaged audience of artists, viewers, and collectors.
We consider commissioning to be an essential form of collaboration.