In this fourth episode, Marina Otero Verzier and Jonas Staal interview artist Kyriaki Goni about her work, in which she creates alternative ecologies of collective knowledge and memory. Philologist and publisher Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei interviews free software advocate, cultural explorer and social instigator Marcell Mars, exploring the need for common care infrastructures through Mars’ co-initiated projects.
Kyriaki Goni is a Greek artist whose work focuses on the relations and interactions between technology and society. Through extended mixed-media installations and narration she investigates subjects such as the power of information, perception and construction of the self, memory, oblivion and death. Her work, which includes large-scale research projects such as Networks of Trust, Aegean Data Haven and Data Garden, has been exhibited internationally, including at Transmediale, Triennial Melbourne, Athens Biennial, and Onassis Cultural Centre.
Marcell Mars is a Croatian free software advocate, cultural explorer and social instigator. He is the co-founder of Public Library / Memory of the World with Tomislav Medak, and co-founder of the recently erected Pirate Care platform with Medak and Valeria Graziano. Pirate Care is a transnational research project and a network of activists, scholars and practitioners who stand against the criminalisation of solidarity and for a common care infrastructure.
Collectivizations, an initiative from artist Jonas Staal, is a series of online conversations to explore strategies and practices to turn trillion-dollar companies into new commons. In close collaboration with Head of Research Marina Otero Verzier and Head of Programme Flora van Gaalen, Het Nieuwe Instituut cultural workers are involved in exploring the meaning and the future of collectivisation.