IARA North Sea Seminar edition:2 location:Spain, El Roccio date:16-20 September 2008
Techiman, the capital of an ancient Bono-kingdom, has re-emerged out of the shadow after two centuries of wars and slave trade. The city profits a lot from her ideal location in the fertile centre of Ghana and on the junction of important trade routes. The vivid transnational business-centre – Techiman claims to have one of the largest markets of West-Africa - is not only home to the Bono-people, but also attires and accommodates many traders and farmers, spirits and gods from close-by and far away places. The rapid expansion of the built space due to this immigration, triggers discrepant movements and processes that reshape the relations within the invisible and within the political world. Furthermore, the logic of the market has become ubiquitous and penetrates the invisible realm.
In this text I present my work-in-progress by sketching how these dynamics alter the way Techiman is linked to the world at large.