Terra nullius is a Latin expression deriving from Roman law meaning “nobody’s land”, which is used in international law to describe territory which has never been subject to the sovereignty of any state, or over which any prior sovereign has expressly or implicitly relinquished sovereignty. Sovereignty over territory which is terra nullius may be acquired through occupation.
The term is historically linked to 17nth century colonialism, firstly introduced by John Locke, but later on also to grey zones and contested areas and to system-gaps that create unexpected space for micronations such as Liberland.
Using this metaphor Terra Nullius is a research laboratory for spaces of exception and practices of autonomy, that questions the issues of sovereignty and subsumption but also the opportunity of self-institution and the ability to create new terms and methods in the field of cultural production.
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