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The visual essay was published on Failed Architecture, and will be on view in the Reading Room of the 2021 New Generations  festival.


Frequencies and wavelength are the relational backbones to the telecommunication infrastructures we build. They are sites of mediation, but they are equally sites of domination and contestation. As this medium propagates from one point to another, the behavior of radio propagation is not dictated by borders or national boundaries, but by the governmental administration of the wavelengths. For instance, the Israeli state governs the release of frequencies across the occupied territories of the West Bank.


The cellular landscape of the West Bank becomes characterized by the contradictory policies and the uneven development of the telecommunication infrastructures, unfolding the ways that the checkered cellular coverage can come to matter both spatially and politically. As a result, the geopolitical power over the enclaved Palestinian regions is secured within the realm of the electromagnetic sphere and its algorithms.


The series of maps examines how this appropriated cellular network in the occupied West Bank territorialise the land differently, which are both expanding and constraining ways of inflicting violence. In this visual essay, I reveal how transmission of 3G signals follow a particular spatial order and obey the territorial demarcations that are imposed on Palestinian territories of the West Bank.