James Bridle’s work explores the implications of technological acceleration and opacity for everyday life. His project Citizen Ex examined what your citizenship might look like if it was determined by your online behaviour rather than your passport. Are digital citizens more free or more restricted? Who decides who gets to go where, and how? Information flows at the speed of light around the globe, but people are still subject to the restrictions and violence of borders. Can the ideas of digital identity be applied to the post-national, post-geographical age we are entering into?

In his talk, delivered during his residency at NeMe, Bridle discussed the implications of algorithmic citizenship, deterritorialised nations and digital governments.


Video: Sakari Laurila
Coordination: Helene Black, Yiannis Colakides
Moderator: Yiannis Colakides

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.

Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union


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