State Machines is a programme of activities devoted to the investigation of 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 – Aksioma (Slovenia), Drugo more (Croatia), Furtherfield (UK), Institute of Network Cultures (Netherlands) and NeMe (Cyprus) together with a range of artists, curators, theorists and audiences.
We are interested in works that explore shifts in agency towards individuals, groups and commons from nation states and private companies. We invite proposals that draw on first-hand experiences in:
– efforts and actions that resist new enclosures and preserve mobilities, freedom of assembly and other hard-won rights
– unintended impacts of digital flows on physical bodies, places and infrastructure
– shifting techniques for controls and flows of information and finance by governments, private companies and individuals;
– public deliberation and free speech in social media – algorithmic and human corruption and its counterforces;
– new tools and data for wrangling the personal and political impacts of cloud computing
The call is open to artists, technologists, activists, inventors and individuals, groups and hybrid human- artificial intelligence collaborations.
We are interested in all art forms and actions that can be encountered and experienced across networks, online and in physical exhibition. We welcome diverse viewpoints, experimental and playful approaches.