nnn.freeport.global is an alternative space for the distribution of artworks, using the backstreets, black markets and divergent parts of the internet to create, exhibit and debate the value of art.
nnn.freeport.global could house the world’s greatest museum, largely hidden from sight, it lacks any common ground, temporality or space. It is an extraterritorial zone, a place in which time and space are rearranged and in terminal impermanence. Between 2018-9, artworks will arrive at nnn.freeport.global from disparate parts of the web – unboxed and stripped of context, they will interrogate territories of exception and technological infrastructures.
The platform is a playful variation of ‘the freeport’, the duty free tax haven and state-created semi-autonomous site that exists outside normal constituencies and jurisdictions. These are logistic hubs for the privileged circulation of data, goods, money and art. To paraphrase Hito Steyerl they are not only high-security storage spaces and tax havens for artworks, but “stacks of juridical, logistical, economic, and data-based operations, a pile of platforms mediating between clouds and users via state laws, communication protocols, corporate standards”.
In Autumn 2018, The New Networked Normal partners announced three commissions to be developed for nnn.freeport.global.
nnn.freeport.global was commissioned as part of The New Networked Normal and presented online from February 2018.
The New Networked Normal 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.