-ART JOKE: Project TWADLE

(NOTE: Project TWADLE on hold until the revolutions of 2011 and the Occupy movements settle down and fade from memory. The project was just about to launch when the Tunisia and Egypt uprisings began, and then nations became hyper-sensitive about borders and creative-subversive communications like TWADLE)

As a conceptual art project, "claiming" areas of world territory ---mostly tiny uninhabited islets-- and proclaiming them part of Terry Ward's Art-Dominion Land-Empire (TWADLE). Documents informing owner-entities of the claims are sent; if owner-entities reply with written denial of the claim, the territory is considered a "former" part of TWADLE. TWADLE claims are purely symbolic and involve no actual changes of ownership, airspace, citizenship, wildlife use, funding, mineral rights, or other such territorial rights.

TWADLE territories:

# Name, Status, Doc_Img, Flag, Overhead_Location
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I. Pharrup Islet, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead Location

II. Stashoos, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead Location

III. Tveshtye, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead Location

IV. Stjemnoe Islet, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead Location

V. Kütje Island, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead Location

VI. Maantus Ot, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead Location

VII. Maantus Urho, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead Location

VIII. Ehrnskipple, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead Location

IX. Ehrnhoole, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead Location

X. Ehrnloo, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead Location

XI. Balneyroch, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead Location

XII. Ward Rock, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead Location

XIII. South Putto Cay, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead

XIV. North Putto Cay, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead

XV. Halo Cay, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead Location

XVI. Cay Vasco, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead Location

XVII. Cay Secco, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead Location

XVIII. Wynskop Rock, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead

XIX. Bisby Rocks, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead Location

XX. Taiteilija-Biggs Saari, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead

XXI. Steinis, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead Location

XXII. North Carter Rock, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead

XXIII. Middle Carter Rock, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead

XXIV. South Carter Rock, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead

XXV. Dragon Rock, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead

XXVI. Cloudy Rock, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead Location

XXVII. Corot Rock, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead Location

XXVIII. Bar Louis, Claimed, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead Location

XXIX. Cariola, Status, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead Location

XXX. Saltzbard, Status, Doc-Img, Flag, Overhead Location



So is born an empire because, like with other world empires, some arrogant person decided it should be so ---and as always, never mind getting permission from those already present first. From the selection of territories to the designs of flags and all else, TWADLE is every bit arbitrary and potentially-pointless as any other empire: British, Soviet, French, Spanish, whatever. A relational-aesthetic dimension will unfold as owner-entities respond with denials of the land claims; documents sent to Emperor and King of TWADLE Terry Ward will be part of the art process. "The Sun never sets on TWADLE."



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