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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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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.


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The popularization of video art

Our latest text by Christos Barboutis examines, under the prism of media and communication studies, the heretic argument that video art should attempt to become accessible to wider audiences. Therefore, it considers the probability of video art facing the challenge to address a critical mass via its popularization. On the one hand, the paper focuses on the relationship between the video medium and those of television and cinema as communication outlets in the contemporary digitalized landscape, which is deemed crucial for sustaining the above-mentioned argument. On the other, the paper analyses the qualities of video art as a cultural artefact. Thus, one of the essential elements of video art becomes the relationship with the associations of power it introduces in the life-world of its public. They prescribe the safeguarding of the creative element in the video artists’ culture of content production as a sine qua non for the successful popularization of the medium. This safeguarding should be attained by the deployment of the appropriate art policies and the upholding of the universal right to the freedom of expression.