suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
clark THENHAUS: terra nullis means ‘no man’s land’ in latin. it was
used by 18th century european colonists who took land from australian
aborigines who saw no evidence of settlement, such as agricultural or
religious structures. the european colonists concluded that the native
people did not ‘own’ the land, merely roamed it.
this is echoed in american history as on april 22, 1889 (now celebrated as earth day) the government opened indian land in oklahoma to a land grab in which settlers
could seize indian land for agricultural development. terra nullis exists
at the margins of society operating outside of everyday infrastructural
models. it is here where a new vernacular emerges… a delinquent
vernacular emerging a nebulous internal set of rules, orders, trade
routes, and rogue tectonics. alien marlboro, a schizophrenic
anthropologist, and marmalade plumb, a rare plant preservationist from the
gold rush era are 2 of 5 historically fictional characters whose evolution
of delinquent vernaculars at the margins of the mainstream along vacant
agrarian lands are catalogued through drawing.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
cT: dirt, one hundred years of solitude, manuel delanda, harry potter, the emerald planet
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
cT: amada levete, mos, leah raintree, arne quinze many others…