Exhibition: Tue 12 — Sat 16  Feb 2019
Talks Programme: Fri 15 Feb 2019
University of Salford (MediaCityUK

In a time when free movement, free trade and freedom of communications apparatus are subject to intense political machinations, FREEPORT: Terminal MCR is a space to explore art, technology and citizenship in the age of the internet.

Invisible infrastructures such as cryptocurrencies, blockchain and digital citizenship bring the commonly understood roles of borders, nations and governance into question at a crucial point in history. Inspired by free-trade zones (Freeports), new networked geographies, the darknet, and other liminal spaces, FREEPORT: Terminal MCR will address urgent issues shaping the world around us, investigating the ways that emerging technology impacts our social, civic and working lives.

This temporary showcase is sited in MediaCityUK on Salford Quays, a location transformed over the last Century from global trade gateway to creative media industry hub. Featuring newly commissioned artworks and screenings from a cohort of international artists including Geocinema, Kyriaki Goni and !Mediengruppe Bitnik + Omsk Social Club and Lisa Rave, with further artists to be announced.  Accompanied by a series of talks on Friday 15 Feb, pamphlets and podcasts, curated by Nathan Jones (Lecturer in Fine Art, Digital Media at Lancaster University), that will unpack and capitalise on the opportunities for discovery in the artworks.

FREEPORT: Terminal MCR invites citizens to participate in critical discussion and to feel inspired and empowered to engage with contemporary and critical culture.

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The new works shown in FREEPORT: Terminal MCR will also be on display in a new digital art distribution platform – nnn.freeport.global – which will host underlying research, contextual and reference material of the artworks. Built as an alternative space for the sharing and distribution of content, nnn.freeport.global brings focus to the backstreets, black markets, and divergent parts of the internet to share and debate the value of art.      


FREEPORT: Terminal MCR is part of The New Networked Normal and is supported by University of Salford, co-funded with support from the Creative Europe programme and with public funding from Arts Council England.