> Explore Steganography, and embedding signal into Wearable Objects,
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
Every time a smartphone powers up, their user is tied inextricably into data, laws and flowing bytes to different countries. Their every personal expression is framed and mediated by digital platforms which now include those operating new kinds of currencies, financial exchange, and labour relations that bypass corporations and governments.
Meanwhile these same technologies increase governmental powers of surveillance, allow corporations to extract ever more complex working arrangements, and, although seemingly the epitome of globalization, they do little to slow the construction of actual walls along actual borders.
We ask how might the digital subjects of today become active, engaged, and effective digital citizens of tomorrow?
State Machines now launches an open call for a new commissioned artistic project.. What kind of Project ? :
- 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.
Fading Memories The social, political and economic future is determined globally by the evolution of digital technologies. The boundaries between the analogue and digital spheres have become increasingly blurred, and the digital has become an integral part of our actual reality. Fading memories devoted a year of international events to the themes of privacy and data ownership in the digital age against the backdrop of developments in the countries of north-western Europe.
> display the facts, rather than the content of counting smartphones and simulating their behaviour/ connections with K cells?