(Presentation) 02/12 2017
@ Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
RCPP @ 1948 Unbound
In their presentation The City and Its Double, Vera Tollmann and Boaz Levin (RCPP) unravel the history of the City of London Corporation as an example for the intertwining of information and sovereignty.
The City of London Corporation, whose origins can be traced back to at least 1067, is the oldest local authority in the United Kingdom, and has an unusually wide range of responsibilities. Nowadays, the Corporation exemplifies a unique form of governance: an amalgam of absolutist obscurity, medieval custom, and twenty-first century, high-speed, financial prowess.
Tollmann and Levin invite the audience to ‘see’ and ‘hear’ the ever-pervasive, hidden geography, infrastructure and jurisdiction of the City of London Corporation, on site in London, around offshore archipelagos and in the virtual datasphere. While money flows have become increasingly opaque, tools for digital mapping on the other hand have become more and more accessible to re-territorialize addresses, ownership and registration.
Through the history of the City, RCPP explore proxy structures that negotiate the functional immediacy of traditional governance structures, in their strange and opaque layers of complexity.