Vera Gomes
Visual artist & designer

Bergen, Norway 2017

Print: Newspaper Club
Traditional broadsheet fanzine
12 pages
52gsm recycle

50,- NOK︎︎


Broadsheet newspaper
Scanart / Data bending / Lossy compression

1 edition

This newspaper explores, through collage and glitch, the contradictions of the roman concept after which it is entitled. “Terra Nullius” is nobody’s land, empty land, territory that may be acquired by occupation. It’s a term that has been used to label uninteresting unwanted land; but also used in the justification of European colonisation, as well as to protect global commons from soveregneity, such as celestial bodies and the high seas. Cyberspace is by some considered a global common, and therefore free territory.

It’s a voyage from rocks — to mountains — to the celestial Comet 67P — to cyberspace — and back to rock, when ultimately Rosetta satellite crashes into the comet.

A comment on the intersections between the real and the virtual. But also the deterioration of the real into the virtual; and back again.

Eduard Imhof (1895–1986) plaster relief maps.

MacOS Sierra glitched, Lone Pine Peak’s famous photograph.

"In 1967, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union sign the Outer Space Treaty, formally the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies. The treaty declares the Moon to be Terra Nullius, a world belonging to no one. Around 100 nations still adhere to this agreement today.”


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