Design Trust Seed Grant

Territorial Sea and Contiguous Zone

The title of this project refers to the United Nations, Ocean & Law of the Sea Convention article II titled “Territorial Sea and Contiguous Zone”. The convention signifies to the legal status of the sea that is preceded between the sovereignty and territorial sea. Politically and legally, the defined sea and water area of Pearl River Delta is an invisible borderline. However, it is also a space where activities of thresholds are happening.

This research aims to map both the legal infrastructures and the thresholds of the territorial sea of Pearl River Delta. The sea transportation, border infrastructures, islands&archipelago, everyday life of sea communities and resources of sea are the main topics. The research based on two discursive paths; one is the discussion on “infrastructure”. Secondly, PRD sea as a resource territory and the impact of sea zone in the era of anthropocene (human activities of geology).

About Pelin Tan

Pelin Tan is a sociologist and art historian. She was a researcher in the Art History Program, Institute of Social Sciences, of Istanbul Technical University from 2001 to 2010. Tan was an Associate Professor and Vice-Dean in the Faculty of Architecture at Mardin Artuklu University from 2013 to 2017. In 2016, she was a visiting Associate Professor at PolyU School of Design of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A member of the Artıkişler Collective and The Silent University, Tan is involved in artistic and architectural projects that focus on urban conflict, territorial politics, and conditions of labor. She has participated in the Oslo Architecture Triennale, Oslo, Norway in 2016; Cyprus Pavilion, Venice Biennale of Architecture, Venice, Italy in 2016; Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey in 2015 and 2007; Biennale de Montréal, Montreal, Canada in 2014; and Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Lisbon, Portugal in 2013. She has co-directed films with artist Anton Vidokle on the future of art and society.