My research centres on borders, bordering, definition and freedoms, it crosses paths with civil liberties, self determinism, the politics of big tech and surveillance.
I was invited by NeMe Arts Centre, Limassol to build upon previous research on borders and surveillance, and complete a project in the UN buffer zone in Cyprus. I invited Kypros Kyprianou (Newcastle University) and Jeremy Lee (SHU) to collaborate.
Cyprus has been referred to as an ‘island of space’ in a US congress bill, as a de facto US special intelligence colony. Both visible and invisible technologies permeate the territorial island - from fighter jets and bombers setting off to Syria, to key Five Eyes listening stations. Layers of historic colonisation accrete with layers of technological colonisation and with this hierarchies of knowledge and power are serviced.
The buffer zone in Cyprus, administered by the United Nations, is demarcated by two meandering, expanding and contracting edges. This dividing corridor extends the length of the island, but the width of the unoccupied zone can span from just three meters to over 27km at its widest point.
This was the collaborative starting point for a multimedia project in partnership with NeMe Arts Centre, Cyprus alongside a series of events, artworks and a publication with Torque Publications. Methods of arts practice are supporting an iterative research process that is responsive and contextually sensitive. We have had to make sure that it is possibile to change tack as we respond to the global health pandemic and a rapidly changing political climate, but also retain this as a method to enable response as we encounter points of interest, barriers or possibilities.
Selected examples of research
Come & Go an interactive video installation was enabled by Arts Council England (ACE) and the Art and Design Research Council (ADRC), and exhibited at The Lowry, Salford Quays (2016) as a prototype. This prepared the work for exhibition at Millennium Galleries, Sheffield (Everything Flows, June - August 2017) alongside a published catalogue. The work formed the basis of a collaborative artists’ bookwork Above and Beyond with artist-writer Emma Cocker (NTU). Come & Go was reviewed in Art Monthly (July 2017) and received an award at the Surveillance Studies Network Art Prize (June 2018). An interview was published on the Surveillance and Society blog site (April 2018). Public presentations were made at The Lowry; Museums Sheffield; and the Surveillance Studies Network Biennale 2018 alongside published paper in Surveillance and Society (March 2020). A paper was also accepted for the Surveillance Studies Network Biennale, June 2020 (rescheduled for 2021).
In 2019 I presented work and doctoral research at the following conferences: The Urgency of the Arts, RCA (March) Free and Open Source Technologies, University of Nicosia Research Foundation, Cyprus (May) Uncertainty, Turbulence and Moving Image Archives, UCL (June) and Creative Interruptions, BFI (June).
Papers were published in:
Surveillance and Society (March 2020)
Free/Libre Technologies, Arts and the Commons, Unconference Proceedings, Phygital Project (April 2020)
An opinion editorial was published in Computer Weekly (December 2019) https://www.computerweekly.com/opinion/The-art-of-surveillance-the-Stasi-archives-and-the-Investigatory-Powers-Act
One Lime Street
Lines of resistance
I founded the annual Artist's Journey conference in collaboration with Adrian Friedli (YVAN) and with support from Arts Council England.
Alongside colleagues Sharon Kivland, Michelle Atherton and Yuen Fong Ling I manage the Transmission Lecture Series founded by Sharon Kivland.
Collaborators and Sponsors
- Arts Council England
- NeMe, Limassol
- Emma Cocker
- Kypros Kyprianou
- Jeremy Lee
- Mathew Jarvis