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:

NeMe’s virtual platform resides in four websites:

www.neme.org documents NeMe’s on and off line programmes, events NeMe has 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.

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 428 arts news and 1256 calls.

Our forum promotes and encourages public discussion for the arts but also hosts calls and arts information from our visitors.

respublika.neme.org was created to document our 2017 Respublika! project.


The founders of NeMe are Helene Black, Yiannis Colakides and Konstantinos Sophocleous. NeMe has 23 members.

IMCA is an itinerant Independent Museum of Contemporary Art, founded by NeMe in order to present exhibitions, performances, new media events, symposia etc. The form of the IMCA is 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 has no permanent residence, but instead is organized in a decentralized manner and realizes its projects in cooperation with different cultural institutions. 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. IMCA is administered by NeMe and it is one of its platforms from which NeMe events are presented.

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.

We have been active for 15 years and to date we have initiated 58 event programmes, hosted or participated in 14, published 15 catalogues & books, and organised, numerous educational workshops for children, adults, amateur and professional artists.

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
poBox 50325
3603 Limassol
Cyprus

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.

Sponsorship

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 events 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.

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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.

Texts copyright

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

extinction symbol Although the NeMe site is currently hosted in a server which does not make use of renewable energy sources, we nevertheless make efforts to make its environmental impact as small as possible. This has been a challenge, as the introduction and proliferation of mobile devices demand not only extra styling parsed by extra requests to our server but also the use of modern code (HTML5 and CSS3) which is not compatible with older browsers and requires the serving of extra javascripts in order to ensure that our content remains accessible.

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 diital 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 in 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.

Delivery speed

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.

  1. Our pages code is minimised.
  2. Our pages are gziped before transfer.
  3. Our pages and media are cached which reduces server requests.

https

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.”


Content Disclaimer

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.


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NeMe sites which include www.neme.org, forum.neme.org, and respublika.neme.org are authored using customised open source software. We use punBB for the forum and the wonderfully versatile Textpattern CMS is used for the rest.

This website coheres to GDPR and the WAI of the W3C. Whenever possible it tries to meet the highest standards set by the W3C.