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NeMe is a non profit, non government, Cyprus registered cultural organisation founded in November 2004. NeMe works on two platforms - a virtual and an itinerant one - and focuses on contemporary theories and their intersection with the arts.

NeMe's itinerant platform, the "IMCA" (Independent Museum of Contemporary Art) presents NeMe projects which include, exhibitions, performances, new media events, symposia and archives. The form of the IMCA is determined as a practice or process by the nature of each project with the notion of the exhibition "space" being constantly revised and redefined.

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Metadesigning for the Future - Gene Youngblood's conversation with Erkki Huhtamo

We have the great pleasure to inform you that NeMe has published a conversation by Erkki Huhtamo with Gene Youngblood. This text and the images which illustrate it have never been published before.

Huhtamo's systematic approach of understanding new media by looking back into history and Youngblood's visionary insights remain a highly germane and valuable contribution to contemporary discussion of this field.

Twenty-three years have passed since the initial interview between Huhtamo and Youngblood which makes this conversation a historical document but more importantly, and as Youngblood mentions in his Preface, it remains 'a call for the revolution.'

The text is dedicated to the memory of Sherrie Rabinowitz (1950-2013)



Fri Oct 11, 2013 18:00 - Sun Oct 13, 2013

Limassol, Cyprus

NeMe, The Department of Communication and Internet Studies of The Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) and Brave New Culture present Q.E.D., a selection of six documentaries and artists presentations to be screened in the Pefkios Georgiades Amphitheatre on the 11, 12 and 13th of October 2013.

Q.E.D. (Quod Erat Demonstrandum), an abbreviation which signals the completion of proof or simply 'it has been proved' is an appropriate title for the current crisis in Cyprus together with all collateral events taking place which are described by the media as "unprecedented" catastrophe. This description reflects the Cypriots' tendency to forget other adversities that have occurred in recent history. Although Cypriot banks have never before collapsed, the living memory of a large number of the population can return us not only to the events of 1963 and 1974 but also the crisis of the tourist industry and the crash of the stock-market, all of which, in various degrees, had immediate and devastating effects upon most people.

The current bank crisis was foreseen by many, both in Cyprus and abroad, and was a subject of discussion as far back as 2007 when the so called Global Financial Crisis instigated by the US housing market collapse impacted many countries. In Cyprus there was either an over confidence or false optimism among the population, reinforced by the media which overwhelmingly published statements about the strengths of the economy recalling Marshal McLuhan's observation that "all media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values" (1964). The selected documentaries expose vital truths about our world as well as offer methods of critical analyses regarding the many inappropriate decisions made on our behalf.

Reinterpreting Rahm's statement "Never let a serious crisis go to waste" (2009), Yiannis Colakides (NeMe) and Angeliki Gazi (CUT) have selected six documentaries and artists talks which generate the urgency of the much needed discussion and evaluation of the process by which we can determine the value rather than the price of lives referencing the "construction and transmission of meaning" (McGuigan 2004) interpreted by cultural parameters and not the tools and concepts of economics. Unfortunately, 'it has been proved' that this vital concern has been ignored by the imposed austerity measures, not only in Cyprus but several other EU countries, whose cost benefit analyses, at this point in time, are only calculated in monetary terms.

The documentaries to be screened are: !Women Art Revolution (dir. Lynn Hershman Leeson), The Corporation (dir. Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott), Strange Culture (dir. Lynn Hershman Leeson), The Yes Men Fix the World (dir. Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Kurt Engfehr), My Name Is Janez Janša (dir. Janez Janša) and Wonderful Macroeconomics (dir. Yorgos Avgeropoulos). Steve Kurtz, Joel Bakan, Paul Vanouse, Lanfranco Aceti, Janez Janša and Yorgos Avgeropoulos will present their work and answer questions from the audience via skype.

Entrance to the event is free.


Texts by Ryszard W. Kluszczyński in

Neme has secured a number of texts by Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, professor of cultural and media studies at Lodz University, Poland, where he is a Head of the Department of Electronic Media and Chair of School of Media and Audiovisual Culture.

We will be publishing the texts in the next few months.

The first texts can be found on:

Orlan, Stelarc and the Art of the Virtual Body
The Aesthetics of Reason and Care

If any of you have any texts which you feel that they are relevant to our growing database, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.


The "Hidden Homeless" in Japan's Contemporary Mobile Culture

Our latest text is by Miya Yoshida

Since its inception, mobile telephony and all it ensues has gained attention due to the massive impact it has had on the organization of daily life as well as on popular and youth cultures. However, the phenomenon is more complex than many perceive. In the context of recent critical discussions on neo-liberal capitalism, there are other contemporary socio-political issues at stake around the mobile telephone, especially in relevant social formations among younger people in different cultures.

In this text, I focus on one specific phenomenon in Japanese society which the media have termed the "hidden homeless." Jobless and homeless persons, for various reasons, have to (or, in some cases, have chosen to) live in mostly self-built, mobile shelters made of cardboard boxes and containing only the bare necessities for urban survival. Images of these shelters-surprising in their extremity-have been presented in media around the world. The mobility implied here, the central concern of my discussion, is not only on the level of a kind of bricolage survival in improvised shelters as found in earlier decades and the topic of a famous 1973 novel by Abe Kobo, Hako otoko (The Box Man). Today, in order to regain access to jobs or to maintain contact with society, box dwellers have to rely on and strive for access to mobile phones and other contemporary network media. In this text, I want to explore the ambivalent space opened up by their encounter with the mobile telephone.

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Conference - Through the roadblocks: realities in raw motion

Fri Nov 23, 2012 15:30 - Sun Nov 25, 2012

Limassol, Cyprus

The Through the roadblocks: realities in raw motion conference is co-organised by NeMe, the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts (Art History and Theory Research Lab) of the Cyprus University of Technology, and the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.

Through the roadblocks: realities in raw motion aims to examine the complex dynamics and often overlooked inter-connections between inclusion and exclusion, sharing and denial, identity and borders, the status of citizenship and the fundamental aporia of democracy in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean.

The conference is held during the Cypriot Presidency of the European Union, which is not only a motive to examine the recent history of the divided island of Cyprus, but also a perfect occasion to spotlight the roadblocks, whether real, implied, concealed and repressed which still exist within this region.

After the "Arab Spring" and Occupy movements, the enthusiasm which existed only one year ago has now turned into a long-lasting process of restructuring and reverberations of different policies and developments. Does everything, as Tomasi di Lampedusa's famous saying reminds us, have to change, so that everything can stay the same, or can we really say some roadblocks were knocked down and passed through? Whatever the answer may be, what is the role of art and what happens when art meets politics, and vice versa?

Roadblocks and borders exist to exclude and stop crossings; yet, people, ideas, culture and in many cases, trading of political 'products' expose the porosity of these enforced demarcation lines. What is the nature of, and the transformations that take place during, these crossings? And, are roadblocks of any kind simply division/obstruction 'lines' or are they spaces that contain (in all meanings of the word) activities that are unique to them?

To answer these, and many other questions, philosophers and artists, theorists and activists, from different professional fields and from different parts of the world will meet in Limassol, showing that already this unique event helps to create a shared engine which puts in question different roadblocks.

Keynote speakers: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Tariq Ali.
The conference programme includes a total of fifty speakers.

The language of the conference is English. Attendance is free and open to all.


23 November 2012, Berengharia Room, Evagoras Lanitis Centre, Limassol, Cyprus
24, 25 November 2012, Pefkios Georgiades Amphitheatre, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus

Sponsors to date include: The Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, Cyprus University of Technology, Embassy of Israel in Cyprus, Australia Council of the Arts, Roberto Cimetta fund.