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The STATE OF PRINT is a proposition. An evolving visual declaration initiated by a collective of artists beguiled and amused by the catastrophe of current social-political thinking and the comedy of established systems of governance.
The STATE OF PRINT explores the current state of nations and the notion that everything that formalises a nation-state is printed—currency, maps, laws, passports, governance, news and information etc. At a time when ‘the current state’ of nation power globally is inflexible and dogmatic, this project provides a creative and theoretical antidote to the current paradigm. The State was initiated during a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Monaghan, Ireland in October 2016 and has since been manifest in a variety of forms and a series of locations. These have included Dundee, Aberdeen, Santander (IMPACT 10), Barcelona, Norwich, Preston, Cork and Limerick. The state has expanded at each venue to incorporate an increasing range of artworks and artefacts produced by the initial founders and an incrementally increasing number of contributing artists who have elected to become citizens of the state—and currently number over 100.
These artefacts include not only the documentary material such as photographs, films, recordings and reviews of the series of performative events/exhibitions but also the artefacts of the state such as printed currency, passports, flags, maps, ceremonial medals newspapers and public information material. Additional items also include cultural artefacts such as a National Costume and National Anthem as well as games and animations based on state myths. As we are unable to present this archive in its physical form due to COVID restrictions, we have chosen to present ‘Proposal for Eurovision Song Contest Entry’—an original song with accompanying video that features glimpses of many of the printed components of the state.
*NOTE: This exhibit will be contextualised in the associated Academic Paper/Illustrated Talk also proposed: STATE OF PRINT (SOP): The history and legacy of the State http://stateofprint.com/
- SOP Ministry: Paul Liam Harrison, Catherine Hehir, Scott Hudson & Noelle Noonan
- Contributing Citizens:
Dance, Choreography and Flash Mob: Paige Barrett, Clare Brennan, Susie Buchan, Gabriel Dolan
Video Production and Editing: Andrew Maclean,
Audio Composition and Recording: Dan Melrose & Raz Ullah