Ambiguous Territory



In the middle of Meditarraen, 25 feet off the coast of Sicily, lies an island.  This island has a long history for an island that was only discovered in 1831. The first to lay claim to the island were the British, then the Spanish, then the Bourbon kingdom of the Two Sicilies, and France. Graham Island, named after the British captain that “discovered” the island, lies between Sicily and Tunisia in the Strait of Sicily, an important route for trade and travel in the medditiarian both in 1831 and today and every nation who has a naval presence in the area has realized that whoever claims the island would be at a position to control all commercial and military sea traffic through the area.

Unfortunately, Graham Island does not exist. Graham island is a result of the underwater volcano, Empedocles. Approximately every 60 years this volcano erupts and the volcanic rock creates an island that within a short amount of time, approximately  45 years, the island is eroded away. 

The rising increase of Euroskepticis,  the deglobalization of politics in today's era, the UK officially leaving the EU in early 2021, and a new EU-Uk trade and Cooperation Agreement signed late December 2020 asks the question what lies in store for the future of trade and travel with the EU? Talk of Italy, one of the EUs “big four”, leaving and following England's example, is on the rise. What does his mean for an island that does not exist?

Ambiguous Territory asks the question “ In a world where space is becoming increasingly less geographically determined, how does the existence of an opaque island affect the spatial and political borders?” Ambiguous Territory: a story told in three acts.