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Atmospheres on the Periphery

Ana-Maria Chiriac Video, 13 min 38 sec

This collage-in-motion sets off on an exploration of the internal periphery within the centre of the city Tamale, Ghana

Videostills and text from the Tamale Territories Interventions by [applied] Foreign Affairs on the exhibiton Ecologies and Politics of the Living

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This collage-in-motion sets off on an exploration of the internal periphery within the centre of the city Tamale, Ghana. Following ‚the edge‘ of the forest or of the city, the viewer stumbles upon peculiar and contrasting attributes in direct vicinities: public and private, commercial and communal, recreational and educational, productive and residential, intensive and extensive, cultivated and desolate. Invisible connections and relationships overlay the perceived materiality, they surpass locality. They tell a story about how supplies and skills are cobbled together in largely provisional and frequently revised arrangements, about how materials and places are put to use for functions they were not intended for, and how unrelated spaces are stitched together. The periphery is not an external boundary, it facilitates connections, it contains elements of integration and segregation, which plays a defining role in generating urban atmospheres.

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