MIKAEL BACKLUND I A MATTER OF CONVENTION

04.11 - 26.11.11
On the 19th and 26th at 14.00 o'clock a round-table discussion will be organized
TeTo Projetcs will be closed on the 12th



















In 1634 Cardinal Richelieu defined the prime meridian to be based at the island of Ferro, the westernmost of the Canary Islands. It should be noted that this wasn't the only prime meridian in existence – as the Prime Meridian is ultimately arbitrary - A Matter of Convention - a national or even personal perspective.If you based your travels on Spanish maps and coordinates, your prime-meridian was located in Madrid. If Dutch – Antwerp was your choice. Italian? Then Pisa was your port of call. But by doing this, Richelieu clinged on to an age-old tradition that the zero-point – the point from which you count all the longitudes – should be located at the World's End, the point where the known world ended and the Great Unknown began. And just as with Prime Meridians, the world  have seen its due share of World's Ends. As expected, it started with the Romans, dividing their world into the Roman Empire and beyond. With the expansion of borders and the knowledge that followed, locations once deemed to be the World's End were suddenly embedded in the midst of a growing empire. In the wake of empirically proven knowledge mankind expand their borders and new World's Ends are constantly defined. With the dawn and development of printing, all this knowledge could suddenly be collected, documented and compared in a limited space. At the end of the 17th century, all knowledge known to man could suddenly be stored within the confinements of four walls. The collected and diversified theories could all be compared and reached from an arm's length distance from each other. Thus, the correlation between empirically proven knowledge and how we define and choose to perceive the world can be said to have gone hand in hand for ages. Well. Until now, that is. At this point in time, we believe that we know facts about, and have an understanding of, the world. Information have never been so abundant, and never so easily accessible as it is now. Yet this isn't a worldview based on lived experiences; but a worldview based on more-or-less trustworthy second-hand information. A theoretical space; a constructed perspective built on the foundation of other people's representations. Yet - just as with the Prime Meridian - the perspective from which you choose to view the world is ultimately arbitrary; A Matter of Convention.

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