Born out of the research group Zones: Topologies of Power co-organised by Jeanne Etelain at diffrakt, ZONES | out of place is a two-day programme set to bring together recent work from scholars, artists, and activists. Over the past decades, the category of place has been torn between, on the one hand, its erosion through the homogenising forces of globalised capitalism and, on the other hand, its retreat into the reactionary versions of rising nationalisms. Yet, from Special Economic Zones to Temporary Autonomous Zones, we witness the proliferation of new spatialities referred to as “zones” that seem to challenge both the smooth globe of networked capitalisms and the striated territories of sovereign states. While the zone seems to have become a basic category of contemporary experience, acquiring a political resonance, its potentialities and limits still remain unknown…

ZONES #1 | Nomos and Zone in the Post-Colony
Friday, 12 November 2021, 3-6 pm, diffrakt | centre for theoretical periphery

Workshop with
Luke Collison

ZONES #2 | Speculative Fictions of the Zone
Friday, 12 November 2021, 7.30 pm, diffrakt | centre for theoretical periphery

Screening lecture with
Jeanne Etelain

ZONES #3 | On Some Disturbing Functions of Space and Other Ideas
Saturday, 13 November 2021, 4 pm, online & diffrakt | centre for theoretical periphery

Conversation with
Marina Camargo | Héctor Zamora

ZONES #4 | Terror Nullius
Saturday, 13 November 2021, 7.30 pm, diffrakt | centre for theoretical periphery

Film by

Pandemic: Since the event is an in-person event and the number of participants thus, in accordance with current COVID-19 regulations, strictly limited, anyone who would like to attend will need to register in advance with a short message to Following the 2G rule, masks will not be required, but all attendees will have to present either proof of vaccination or proof of recent recovery.

Installation view of Héctor Zamora, The Roof Garden Commission: Héctor Zamora, Lattice Detour, 2020. Courtesy of the Artist. Image credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo by Anna-Marie Kellen.