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 was 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 addressed urgent issues shaping the world around us, investigating the ways that emerging technology impacts our social, civic and working lives.
This temporary showcase was sited in MediaCityUK on Salford Quays, a location transformed over the last Century from global trade gateway to creative media industry hub.
FREEPORT: Terminal MCR invited citizens to participate in critical discussion and to feel inspired and empowered to engage with contemporary and critical culture.
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 was part of The New Networked Normal and was supported by University of Salford, co-funded with support from the Creative Europe programme and with public funding from Arts Council England.