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CURATOR'S NOTES

If CADE’s materials may be divided into discreet themes or motifs according to the peculiarities of his psychic economy, and these discreet themes may in turn be designated as territorial markers in his psychic landscape, then the appropriate entry point to the archive comes in the form of his manifold observations of territories. Presumably, CADE caught the sense of a pronounced shift in the territorial codes governing city life and, as these excerpts from his research demonstrate, he was drawn towards cataloguing these effects. The motif of territories, as with all of CADE’s obsessions, appears in some form or other throughout the archive and provides its grounding sense, for it is the solubility of borders, divides, partitions and frames of reference which is to colour our perception of the archive as a whole.

These territories are in a process of flux, and thus produce Eris (strife). The coherent borders and distinctions which are seemingly prerequisite for a society to perceive itself as incorporate and whole have, insome way, been undermined, subverted or proliferated, and it may well be that CADE’s emphasis on flux and mutability challenges the idea of fully stable societal codes and identities on a more generalised level. The movements of the occupants of these territories is key, as is the observance of the dimensions and dynamics of those spaces, planes and vectors which continuously captivate CADE’s camera. One wonders if identity, in this view, has not become a question of where you are, thus relegating the question of who you are to a function or product of territory.

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