Nowhereisland is a new nation, declared on 20th September 2011. It is a real place, made of material from a recently revealed island in Svalbard in the Arctic, formed into a new floating island andnow journeying south in search of new places and a population. In summer 2012 it will visit the South West Coast of England, but you can become a citizen, take part in these challenges and follow the journey from anywhere in the world.
If you are interested in unusual challenges this badge is for you. You’ll become a citizen of a new nation, find out more about how landscapes are always on move, how people have shaped the landscapes around us and what we mean by ‘place’. Tasks can involve photography, drawing, mapping, collecting stuff, note-taking and some online research.
So far over 3000 people from 52 different countries have become Nowhereisland citizens. You can become a citizen, but what kind of nation will you help to create?
Nowhereisland is a public art project conceived by artist Alex Hartley. It is one of 12 arts projects across the UK, funded by the Arts Council of England, which will form part of the Cultural Olympiad in summer 2012. It is produced by Situations, a public art research and commissioning agency based at the University of the West of England.
The Nowhereisland programme is already in full swing. We are working with 20 community organisations in seven towns and cities across south west England to shape the host programme of events and activities set to reach 250,000 people. Schools are using Nowhereisland as a catalyst for teaching on citizenship, geography and politics over the next 12 months and 52 thinkers across the globe are sitting down to compose their Letters to Nowhereisland.
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