Sprawling Swamps by Femke Herregraven is a series of fictional infrastructures dispersed within the cracks of the contemporary financial geography that operate on a technological, legal, and social level. Located on swamps, ice, and shifting shorelines, these infrastructures simultaneously question the notion of value as well as the binary presumption of land and water, which basically becomes ineffective on these unstable terrains. The dynamic nature of certain matter itself—and therefore its territory—complicates legal framing but also its absorbance into infrastructures, whether legal, physical, or social. When territories melt, erode, or drown it becomes unclear what is to be governed. It is from this ambiguous condition that Sprawling Swamps underpins exhaustion, regression, gossip, and empathy as new forms of value.
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