Any document, claim, unreleased lien or encumbrance that might invalidate or impair the title to real property or make the title doubtful. – Barron’s Dictionary of Real Estate
The Clouded Title project explores ownership – its ambiguities, histories, and areas of contestation, especially in relation to land. Different landholding models are explored, especially those emphasizing social and ecological relationships over private possession. This work expands upon Street Road’s overall project of troubling received wisdom in the arena of real estate investment and speculation.
Led by artist and scholar Fawn Daphne Plessner and Street Road founder Emily Artinian, the project began in 2018 with an exhibition and workshop that gathered conversations, site visits, and visual artworks. This took as a starting point perspectives on ownership held by people in Street Road's community and network, a beginning that resonates with the proposition that 'ownership' of places and spaces is intertwined with and constructed by relationships, and is always, everywhere, a process and a problem, rather than a fixed set of stakes in the ground.
The Clouded Title project is ongoing and evolving – access specific and various research strands here:
2018: Clouded Title at Street Road, Cochranville, PA, and on Pender Island, British Columbia
2019: Clouded Title: public presentations and two related contexts