State Machines - Art, Work, and Identity in an Age of Planetary-Scale Computation
Clickmine by Sarah Friend. Commissioned by Furtherfield
Total project grant (euros)
1 May 2017 - 30 Apr 2019
Number of partners in project
Aksioma Zavod Za Sodobne Umetnosti, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Stichting Hogeschool Van Amsterdam, Netherlands
Drugo More Udruge, Croatia
State Machines investigates the new relationships between states, citizens and the stateless made possible by emerging technologies.
Focussing on how such technologies impact identity and citizenship, digital labour and finance, the project joins five experienced partners from Slovenia, Croatia, Cyprus, the Netherlands and the UK together with a range of artists, curators, theorists and audiences.
Workshops on blockchain technology, research into new cognitive models and forms of citizenship, and conferences on democratic participation and networked cultural production will be organised alongside art exhibitions, new commissions and publications, with the aim of building new kinds of literacy for digital understanding and participation.
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.
Image: Clickmine by Sarah Friend, 2017, commissioned by Furtherfield and NEoN co-commission, part of State Machines