On Saturday, 8 December 2018 at 7pm, NeMe is pleased to invite you to the opening of the exhibition Stateless at the NeMe Arts Centre, Limassol.
In a world where information equals power, what is the status of those on whom we have no information? At a time when both the meaning and the role of citizen is shifting, an estimate of 21 million people around the world remain stateless. Without a state, these people are stripped of many of their human rights, those which are legally tied with the state and its citizens.
In a society where we are judged by our achievements, opportunities to excel are definitely not equal. This exhibition simultaneously questions the changing description of the citizen from politis-to consumer-to product, and the ever increasing ethically questionable status of belonging in a political system which arbitrarily dispenses with both jus soli and jus sanguinis in favour of xenophobic attitudes, surveillance systems and data driven technocracies.
This shift toward documenting and archiving the individual is indeed providing opportunities for many but it is also developing into a totalitarian paradigm where the ‘undocumented’ live outside state systems. In Europe, these individuals are currently increasing in numbers due to the exodus of refugees from the war torn countries of North Africa, the Middle and the Near East. Furthermore, and according to Virilio, who refers to research published in 2007 by the British NGO Christian Aid, in the next 40 years there will be 650 million environmental refugees. This inevitability will not only change the way we think of our urban environment as a pluralistic sustainable place to live, but also the definition of a citizen. (The Futurism of the Instant: Stop-Eject, Polity Press 2010)
By integrating debates on migration, mobility and digital communication, the works presented in this exhibition and discussion consider relevant aspects of being stateless in context to the worldwide deterioration in the understanding of citizenship. As part of State Machines’ strand focussing on identity and citizenship in the network age, NeMe Arts Centre focuses on the ‘stateless’ and their voices so as to make their invisibility in our society visible and central to the ever expanding refugee debate by offering socially relevant, radical, critical, and innovative perspectives by the participating artists.
The Critical Engineering Working Group (Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev), Andreja Kulunčić with the EQUALS collective, Kyros Papavassiliou, James Bridle, Ingrid Burrington, Efi Savvides, Ioakim Mylonas, Nemanja Cvijanović, Helene Black and Hazal Yolga.
Discussion: 7pm, 8 December 2018; Presentations: Nicoletta Charalambidou (KISA), Akid Hassan. (Language: Greek)
Exhibition opening: 8pm, 8 December 2018
Exhibition Duration: 8.12.2018-19.1.2019
Opening days/time: Tuesday-Friday: 17:30-20:30, Saturday: 10:00-13:00
By appointment only: 22 December 2018 – 6 January 2019
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.
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.
Davor Mišković, Chrystalleni Loizidou