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

Implementation: 2017 – 2019

Sub-programme: Culture – Small scale cooperation project

Budget: 199 993 EUR




  • NeMe (Cyprus)
  • Stichting Hogeschool Van Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Furtherfield. Org (United Kingdom)
  • Drugo More Undruge (Croatia)


  • The study of new relationships between states, citizens and stateless applicants through new technologies
  • How new technologies affect identity and statehood
  • Through innovative forms of expression and new artistic practices to create active citizens

Project Description:

State Machines investigates 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 (SI), Drugo More (HR), Furtherfield (UK), Institute of Network Cultures (NL) and NeMe (CY) 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 organized alongside art exhibitions, new commissions and publications, with the aim of building new types 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 requires to educate and empower the digital subjects of today to become active, engaged, and effective digital citizens of tomorrow.

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