Contingent Movements Archive
Landmasses have disappeared before. Over thousands of years’ geological shifts and fluctuating sea levels have shaped migratory patterns and cultural evolution. But the complete disappearance of a nation state beneath the ocean is unprecedented in modern times, and the questions that arise in the face of this situation throw current international laws and issues of cultural continuity into disarray.
The Contingent Movements Archive seeks to unpack the problematics and possibilities of the anticipated submersion and dissolution of the Maldives, exploring these contingencies within a global context. Online and at the pavilion, this speculative project draws together a wide range of perspectives, to map out potential migration scenarios for the permanently displaced population and its culture. The archive will be built up over the period of the Biennale, with critical input from the Contingent Movements Symposium to be held at the pavilion over September 28th and 29th.