Fleeting Territories – Mapping Malta

The Amber Spark collaborated with artist collective Fleeting Territories on the production of three different A1 maps that shared a common back. The maps form part of the Valletta 2018 contemporary art exhibition Dal-Bahar Madwarha and were also pasted in public space as part of an outdoor intervention.

ClientFleeting TerritoriesServicesGraphic Design, Writing & ResearchYear2018

About the project

Emerging out of ongoing interdisciplinary research, Fleeting Territories takes maps and map-making as framing devices to look back at the history and speculate on the future of Malta’s many layers of space. It takes the task of unsettling the objectivity of the map and fostering an understanding of maps and map-making, presenting maps as markers of interest and projections of desire.

Our role

The Amber Spark collaborated with artist collective Fleeting Territories on the production of three different A1 maps that shared a common back. The maps form part of the Valletta 2018 contemporary art exhibition Dal-Bahar Madwarha and were also pasted in public space as part of an outdoor intervention. We also researched the subject of borders: maritime, aerial, geological as well as the migration of people and money. This in turn fed the artists’ work, created the background for the writing and also provided direct material for the research wall at the St Elmo exam centre.

Collaborative writing (Greta)

This was my first experience of collaborative writing as writing is something that I am usually used to doing on my own. I was working directly with Jonatan Habib Engqvist, based in Sweden. Jonatan kicked it off with a beginning (Malta is no longer an island) that was planned to also be the end of the story and we bounced emails back and forth each adding and at many times rewriting the story. It took some time to gather momentum and I’m very happy I was able to accept the discomfort of sending back versions that I knew were as yet absolutely not good enough. Along the way we eventually tapped into some magic and found our voices.

Graphic Design | Johannes Buch
Writing & Research | Greta Muscat Azzopardi & Fleeting Territories

Credits

The Fleeting Territories project started from research by curator Maren Richter (AT) and artist Klaus Schafler (AT). The temporary formation of Fleeting Territories for Valletta 2018 includes the artist Sabine Bitter (AT/CA) with students from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts, Vancouver and artist Helmut Weber (AT) as well as curator and theorist Jonatan Habib Engqvist (SE). Historical material has been selected in collaboration with Joseph Schiro Malta Map Society (MA). THE ISLAND OF THE DAY BEFORE is written in collaboration with Greta Muscat Azzopardi (MA). Graphic design: Johannes Buch (GE) – THE AMBER SPARK. Photography: Niels Plotard (FR) & Johannes Buch (GE) – THE AMBER SPARK.