Deconstructing Fences

November 23rd, 2014

Contributions and exercises that approach the motif of the fence as the calligraphy of humanity.


Fences fulfill many different functions. They divide and isolate the land to demarcate private property. They demarcate socio–natural divides as in national forests that enclose (and aim at protect) nature; and affect animal habitats (other than human ones). Fences are well known as tools for demarcating countries, although not all national borders are demarcated by fences—which makes one question the materiality of the fence/border. They lock people in (prisoners) or out (immigrants).