NeMe (/ˈniːm/) is a non profit, Cyprus registered cultural NGO founded in November 2004. NeMe works on three platforms – a virtual, a permanent, and an itinerant one – and focuses on contemporary theories and their intersection with the arts. With one of its major interests on new media technologies, NeMe introduced a number of new media art genres to the Cypriot audience including:
- The first funding for the production of video art in 2006
- The first VJ event performed in 2008
- The second video exhibition and the first in Limassol in 2008
- The first totally interactive exhibition in 2015
- The first live coding in 2015
- The first locative media exhibition in 2017
NeMe’s virtual platform resides in two websites:
www.neme.org documents NeMe’s on and off line events and projects NeMe has produced, participated or hosted, publications as well all the people who participated in at least one of them and provides a service by publishing critical texts.
Our forum promotes and encourages public discussion for the arts but also hosts calls and arts information from our visitors.
news.neme.org was our legacy site. It provided filtered cultural information which included filtered arts news and calls from the local and international art scene. The contents of the subdomain has moved to our blog which currently documents 437 arts news and 1257 calls.
The founders of NeMe are Helene Black, Yiannis Colakides and Konstantinos Sophocleous. NeMe has 23 members.
NeMe has been active for 15 years and to date we have initiated, participated in, or hosted 121 events featuring 774 theorists and artists, published 16 catalogues & books, and organised, numerous educational workshops for children, adults, amateur, and professional artists.
Our collaborations include projects developed with Aksioma, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol; Drugo More, Rijeka, Croatia; Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, Russia; Furtherfield, London, UK; Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany; Insitute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Lanitis Foundation, Limassol, Cyprus; NCCA Moscow, Russia; Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Cyprus; The Thursday Club, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK; University of Nicosia, Cyprus; Ural State University, Ekaterinburg, Russia.
From 2013 to 2016, cohering to one of our aims to support young cultural workers, NeMe was the hub organisation for the Cyprus representation of the European Cultural Parliament Youth Network.
IMCA was an itinerant project, founded and administered by NeMe in order to present exhibitions, performances, new media events, symposia etc.The form of the IMCA was determined as a practice or process by the nature of each project with the notion of the exhibition “space” being constantly revised and redefined. IMCA had no permanent residence, but instead is organized in a decentralized manner and realizes its projects in cooperation with different cultural institutions. IMCA was active from 2006 to 2014, at which year we have established the NeMe Arts Centre.
NeMe Arts Centre (NAC)
NAC is a permanent physical space which aims to promote a critical and interdisciplinary approach to the arts focused on research and cultural production. We support and encourage initiatives and dialogue that involve institutions, collectives, artists, scholars from the local and international communities. NeMe Arts Centre is a non-commercial exhibiting space. NeMe’s non-profit financial strategy relies exclusively on fund raising. The NeMe Arts Centre is administered by the NeMe Directors and Board Members.
Participation in our events
The combination of IMCA’s itinerant nature and NAC’s permanent space gives it a flexibility in both the type of events we organise and the way they are presented. Our exhibitions are always curated and the participants are selected by invitation and/or call for entries. If you wish to be informed about our activities do subscribe to our newsletter if you wish to be considered as an invited participant in one of our future events, send your catalogues/usb disks/dvds/cds/ or something about your work to:NeMe
Remember that we receive a great number of website links some of which are indeed great but there is no substitution to hard copies as those archives of artists’ catalogues and submissions are made available to curators and academics who live in, or visit Cyprus.
All NeMe organised activities listed on this website are provided free to the public, so sponsorship is an important source of funding. As a non-profit registered organization in Cyprus, NeMe receives grants and donations from a number of different sources, including government, corporates, small businesses and individuals.
Please contact us if you would be interested in sponsoring any of our future projects or workshops. You will receive a credit on our printing material and press releases as well as having your website listed in our links page.
- For all their help for our projects
About this site
This site is NeMe’s first major ongoing project and has been on line since 27 February 2005. The code of the site’s design is licensed under a GNU General Public Licence and it is distributed on github.
Current editors of this website are Yiannis Colakides and Helene Black.
All texts in this site are published with the permission of the authors and copyright to those, belongs to them. As such no text published in this site may be translated, reproduced, republished, photographed or stored on microfilm, in electronic databases, video disks, etc., without first obtaining written permission from the authors. The views expressed in these texts do not necessarily reflect those of NeMe as an organisation or its members.
Environmental impact of this website
Relating this with the average internet connection speeds, a shocking connectivity disparity amongst nations is revealed. For many internet users, not only are their speeds low but also that the software they are running might be old – especially as the new trend demands from computer owners to update from the net. In addition, there is the growing-problem of the disappearance of the middle-class and the widening gap between those with money and those without, those who can afford to update their hardware and those who can not. As such, for us, accessibility takes into consideration not only those who face physical challenges but also those who face infrastructural and/or financial ones.
Optimising the server requests
Optimising the server requests saves energy and this is easy as our CMS of choice occupies a very small digital footprint and its flexibility allows for maximum control with fewer server requests.
Optimising the images
As images take up most of the bandwidth and consume more energy when transferred, we opted to reduce their size and number appearing in each page, although we understand that this can be seen as problematic for a cultural organisation which by definition, is dedicated to the production and/or presentation of quality audio-visual content. Taking into consideration, both the connectivity disparity and the carbon footprint, we were faced with the challenge to reduce page size without making the website purely textual. Although we are fully aware that this method is negatively affecting the so called visual graphic impact of our pages, we nevertheless believe that sacrifices should be made in order to reduce carbon emissions and still hope that you will enjoy your visit here.
Although the speeds of the delivery of our pages are dependent to your internet connection and the load on our server, we have implemented three methodologies in order to reduce the energy consumed via web-transfers.
- Our pages code is minimised.
- Our pages are gziped before transfer.
- Our pages and media are cached which reduces server requests.
Numerous discussions were carried out regarding our transition to secure private browsing through the https protocol. Our decision not to adopt it yet, is heavily influenced by Eric A. Meyer’s convincing argument that https “breaks local caching servers” and makes our experience interminably worse and more expensive, in monetary and energy terms, “in the name of our comfort and security,” a price mostly paid by users in countries and areas with poor infrastructure who rely on the “enormously constrained nature of satellite internet access.”
Despite careful scrutiny, NeMe and the editors do not guarantee the correctness, relevance or completeness of the information published on this website. In the case of material or non-material damages resulting from the use of the offered information, absolutely no liability claims directed at NeMe and/or the editors are to be asserted. NeMe and the editors reserve the right to change the website in its entirety or in part without notice, or to stop publishing entirely.
NeMe sites which include www.neme.org and forum.neme.org are authored using customised open source software. We use punBB for the forum and the wonderfully versatile Textpattern CMS is used for our main domain.
This website coheres to GDPR and the WAI of the W3C. Whenever possible it tries to meet the highest standards set by the W3C.