X-TERR is about an artistic ability to transform a specific part of a territory within a “normal” territory to be experienced through a drive. Audience is invited to experience a drive through an audio-visual and installation outside the car as well as inside through the car’s audio system. This project questions the borders of our own individual safe environments. What happens when our individual spaces open up and merge into a collective societal realm? Psychologically, how do these boundaries impact our mindset levels? How this realm is changed and transformed by political forces, global trends, refugee crisis, and economical challenges? We want to explore the positions we take as individuals in our societies after events have happened. How an election process, a referendum or a shift of powers changes our very own roles and positions in our societal interaction. What happens when we leave, even for a while, our “safe territories”.
Moving along this physical and virtual territory, a car and its twelve cubic meters is a metaphor on wheels for our individual freedom as part of our collective freedom. How does it feel if we are under surveillance, screened, and questioned for our very own being? What if your identity must be hidden in a certain territory or context? How would this circumstance change our perception of territories we pass by often? What is going on inside the buildings and places we pass by in our routine drives? The name “X-TERR” derives from Kosovo’s temporary international code – XK. X stands for unknown, neutral, unsolved and temporary, whereas TERR stands for territory. We want to create an extraterritorial artistic “jurisdiction” for the audience.
In Kosovo during 90’s the car was some kind of a mobile embassy of conditional freedom for our families. Inside the car there was safety, relaxation, jokes, games and signing together in our journeys. However this always ended when the car window was opened, usually at police checkpoint or at border crosses. Beside our home, our car had some kind of temporary exterritorial freedom jurisdiction when we were travelling. The car as a symbol of identity is coming back in our lives once again. One of the agreements reached between Serbia and Kosovo in Brussels, allows Kosovo cars to travel to Serbia under a condition: state symbols on the car plate numbers must be hidden with a covering sticker. In our project we invite the audience to enter X-TERR under this very same condition.