Open Community - Open Networks

NeMe and Respublika!, A Cypriot community media arts festival curator, Nico Carpentier are pleased to invite you to the Artists’ talk and opening of the exhibition Open Community – Open Networks featuring the work of international artists Christoph Wachter and Mathias Jud (CH/DE).

  • Venue: NeMe Arts Centre, cnr. Ellados and Enoseos Sts, 3041, Limassol
  • Artist’s talk
    • Saturday, 4.11.2017, 19:30
    • Introduction: Nico Carpentier
    • “…”
      an archeology of silence in the digital age: Christoph Wachter and Mathias Jud
  • Exhibition: Open Community – Open Networks
    • Opening: Saturday, 4.11.2017, 20:15
    • Duration: 4.11.2017 – 2.12.2017
    • Opening times: Tuesday-Friday: 5:30pm-8:30pm, Saturday: 10:00am-1:00pm

Artists’ statement:

While majorities are represented creatively, communicatively and through the media, any exposure is disastrous for some minorities. Syrian, Egyptian and French activists worked with the Art project that has been revolutionizing the communication conditions since 2012. WiFi enabled devices can directly form a spontaneous network in which voice messaging, text messaging, and file sharing become possible and this precisely in those places where the mobile network and the Internet fail.

Isolated are not only those who experience a collapse of the networks. For ‘illegals’, every presence leads to police detection and suppression. Whether something can be said and shown, whether we can raise an issue and can talk about it, is directly linked to the ‘distribution of the sensible’ (Rancière). Instead of an exclusion, we can create an aesthetic-artistic field of which emerges a communicative union.

As artists, we are part of society too and are therefore subject to a specific linguistic, cultural and national constellation. On the one hand we are caught in our own, specific views, on the other hand, the forms of expression are subject to a collective and linguistic regime. In order to overcome the forms of attribution, exclusion and paternalism in our own views and expressions, we specifically address the social and cultural mechanisms of exclusion in our Art projects.

The exhibition will feature works by Wachter + Jud as well as constructions made by the Open Call Workshop participants.

Image credit: Detail: Antennas on Lesvos, Greece; in the background the Turkish coast with a Dinghy, 2015, COTW – Capital of the World. Image courtesy of the artists


Main funder: The Cultural Department of the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture
Sponsors: Medochemie, Sheila Pinkel


CCMC, Upsala University, Vrije Universiteit Brussel