FREEPORT: Terminal MCR exhibition + talks programme

Thu 10 Jan 2019

We are excited to announce our new exhibition taking place at University of Salford, MediaCityUK campus, FREEPORT: Terminal MCR.

Programme at a glance:
Exhibition: Tue 12 — Sat 16 Feb 2019 | 11:00 – 17:00 | Free
Talks: Fri 15 Feb 2019 | 13:00 – 16:30 | Free, booking recommended

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 a new kind of citizenship in the age of the internet.

This temporary showcase features newly commissioned artworks and screenings from a cohort of international artists including Geocinema, Kyriaki Goni and !Mediengruppe Bitnik + Omsk Social Club, N-Prolenta (Brandon Covington Sam-Sumana), and Lisa Rave, and is accompanied by a series of talks, pamphlets and podcasts, FREEPORT: Critical, that will unpack and capitalise on the opportunities for discovery in the artworks.

The FREEPORT: Critical series, curated by Nathan Jones, Lecturer in Fine Art (Digital Media) at Lancaster University, begins with three talks, free to attend, booking is recommended:

Terminologies for CryptoRave – RaveEnabler with Dr Rachel O’Dwyer and Ollie Zhang
What do niche subcultural uses of cyrptocurrency in the underground music ecology have to do with the direction of currency, value and economics more broadly?

Terminologies for Framing Territories with Mitzra Azar
Introducing how ‘global sensor networks’ operate, and how the data they produce constitute a new formal mode for cinema.

Terminologies for Networks of Trust in the Archipelago with Dr Christy Constantakopoulou (via video link) and Dr Emmanouil Tranos
Discussing the ancient depictions of the Aegean islands as a network, and the present-era cabling-and-broadcast technologies that echo and overlay them.

For further details on the talks and speakers visit FREEPORT:Critical.

If you’re not familiar on how to get to University of Salford at MediaCityUK, you can find a useful guide here.

The new works shown at University of Salford, MediaCityUK in FREEPORT: Terminal MCR will also be on display in our new digital art distribution platform – – which can be accessed online. If you’re unsure how to navigate the platform, watch our handy how-to guide from developers PWR.


FREEPORT: Terminal MCR is commissioned and produced by Abandon Normal Devices. Supported by University of Salford, co-funded with support from the Creative Europe programme and with public funding from Arts Council England.

FREEPORT: Terminal MCR is part of The New Networked Normal (NNN) The NNN explores art, technology and citizenship in the age of the Internet, a partnership project by Abandon Normal Devices (UK), Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (ES), The Influencers (ES), Transmediale (DE) and STRP (NL). This project has been co-funded with support from the Creative Europe programme.

To find out more about the NNN, please visit and follow the journey on twitter #theNNN

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