Self as actor

On Friday 15 February 2019 at 8:00pm, we are pleased to invite you to the NeMe Arts Centre for the opening of the exhibition Self as Actor: Colonising identity.

Are you interested in how your use of social media is shaping you or how your online personal identity is data mined by corporations for their own commercial and political profit? These and many other concerns regarding social media are addressed by Self as Actor: Colonising identity, curated by Helene Black and Aysu Arsoy.

The opening will commence with an artist talk by Garrett Lynch (IRL) and a performance by Maria Alexandrou with Androula Kafa and Melissa Zanga.

Digitality is no longer separated from our every day lives but has become an integrated experience, a depiction of our complex and hierarchical social reality. Although, by now, many users have become aware of the large degree big data involves the vigorous use of what many identify as biased and racist algorithms for analytics as well as software for surveillance, it has not curbed the mass use of social media. In fact, mass networking on social media has become the cultural tool for establishing a sense of intimacy despite the unease of personal disclosure. Real issues such as human rights abuses, homelessness or climate change cannot contest viral videos, fake news, cute pets and more recently, the controversial obsession with ‘dark tourism’ selfies. Algorithms are meant to inform us but the trend since Web 2.0 (1999 onwards), has shifted towards collecting information on users for selective advertisements and political manipulation. Online social activities are tracked and monitored abusing our right of privacy. Targeted personalisation on the Internet today purges reality with users becoming dehumanised commodities existing in a fabricated unreality. The control of the coloniser is now defined by the monopoly of the data colonised.

Participating artists

Featured residency artist: Garrett Lynch (IRL)
Benjamin Grosser, Derek Curry and Jennifer Gradecki, Tyler Coburn, Alexia Achilleos, Anxious to Make (Liat Berdugo and Emily Martinez), The Kammari Research Group (Sakari Laurila, Lau Lukkarila, Niklas Toivakainen), Christina Smiros, Lanfranco Aceti, Hazel Soper, Baris Parlan, Andreas Papallas, Sid and Jim (Sidney Smith and Jim Bicknell Knight), Maria Alexandrou.
Invited artist: Adam Harvey

Dates and venue

Exhibition Opening: Friday 15th February, 8:00pm.
Exhibition duration: 15/02/2019 – 15/03/2019
Opening Days / Times: Tuesday-Friday: 17:30-20:30; Saturday: 10:00- 13:00
Venue: NeMe Arts Centre (corner of Ellados and Enoseos Sts. Limassol)


State Machines: Art, Work and Identity in an Age of Planetary-Scale Computation

Focusing on how such technologies impact identity and citizenship, digital labour and finance, the project joins five experienced partners Aksioma (SI), Drugo More (HR), Furtherfield (UK), Institute of Network Cultures (NL), and NeMe (CY) together with a range of artists, curators, theorists and audiences. State Machines insists on the need for new forms of expression and new artistic practices to address the most urgent questions of our time, and seeks to educate and empower the digital subjects of today to become active, engaged, and effective digital citizens of tomorrow.


Funding

creative europe

This project has been funded with the support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

MOEC

Support

Medochemie.

Special thanks to Ruth Catlow (Furtherfield) and Aksioma.