Citizenship and sovereignty were traditionally rooted in territorial belonging, but as transnational flows of people, capital, goods and information continue to expand, this conception is undermined. The infrastructural systems that sustain these flows present a network of complex topology. In a landscape of overlapping jurisdictions, the design and mapping of interactions among them is a crucial task.
In order to facilitate bureaucratic automation of those interactions and foster frictionless and controlled flow of people and cargo between different sovereign systems Seiche proposes:
– A tool that enables the design and management of techno-legal procedures of information exchange between the institutions that regulate these systems, and the organizations that operate within them. Assisting independent legal entities to co-design data exchange protocols and infrastructures to implement them in their own terms by interfacing legal and data workflows.
– A platform that allows to manage, map and visualize the implemented exchange protocols among individual entities, associations of entities, and complex organizations of a different nature.
Seiche emerges on the premise that:
The proliferation of sensing infrastructures does not only hold the potential of tracking people and cargo, but also visualizing systems and power structures while moving bureaucracy to the back end.
New levels of control require new rights, and ultimately, new levels of freedom in exchange. Therefore, it is crucial to consider the implications of a system – of these characteristics – growing at scale, and the relationship with final users – i.e. human and non-human entities or associations of entities moving across sovereign spaces.
The way different organizations interact is as important as how they behave within the proprietary walls of their respective clusters. However, if Seiche is successful in facilitating interactions, the interstitial space between well-established actors can be used as leverage to grow as a platform.
The ongoing project, conceptualized under the framework of The New Normal urban design think-tank was published in architecture, design and theory journal ARDETH by Politecnico di Torino.
Seiche Movie Description:
The speculative proposal is applied and tested in the form of a cinematic narrative set in Khorgos, Kazakhstan; a logistic enclave in between two infrastructural and political realities that is the cornerstone of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Seiche film consists of five chapters that introduce the platform and Khorgos as the embodiment of the border condition through different perspectives.
Chapter 1 [INTRO] introduces infrastructure as basic condition for the development of urban settlements.
Chapter 2 [BELT] takes a logistics industry perspective and explores transnational movements of cargo through Belt & Road and particularly trough Khorgos Dry Port.
Chapter 3 [BORDER] takes an institutional perspective to look at existing access and exit procedures citizens face in Khorgos ICBC.
Chapter 4 [IDENTITY] takes a human perspective to understand how the cross-border condition generates an identity of its own kind.
Chapter 5 [INTERFACE] introduces SEICHE as a platform to facilitate bureaucratic automation.
这个正在进行的项目依托The New Normal城市设计智囊团的概念框架，已在都灵理工大学的建筑、设计和理论杂志ARDETH上发表。
Mikhail Anisimov, Tomas Clavijo, Yulia Gromova, Katya Sivers, Andrei Zhileikin
Project supported by Design Trust Seed Grant