The Agorama is an artist collective, with an institutional partnership network that includes Furtherfield (London), North East of North (NEoN, Scotland), and a number of artists working in the field of art and technology. Our main organisers are Alejandro Ball, Inês Costa and Max Dovey

As part of our core mission we run three main threads of activities. The first, which falls under the label of Server Co-op is to establish a p2p distributed platform for artist experimentation and use this network infrastructure to develop a grass roots autonomous model for digital communication. The Second, Workshops and Lectures, focuses on digital literacy and providing the guides and tools for other practitioners to learn and expand their practice. We also run regular practice-led workshops and lectures from our space in Raven Row. Our final thread, Artistic Residencies and Exhibitions, focuses bring in creative practitioners to work with us on the development of new exciting and experimental works of art.

Past Agorama Projects and Commissions

Geltung{Validity}: perception of a natural right - An offline/online project curated by Alejandro Ball, and Inês Costa as part of agorama, a new collaborative Internet platform for art. Featuring Diogo da Cruz, Max Dovey, Felicity Hammond and Petra Szemán whose works mediate political narratives and philosophical questions accelerated by technology and digital culture. This exhibition was in collaboration with GENERATORproject and part of the NEoN Digital Festival 2017, with support from Creative Scotland.

The Bank for Argumentation - Artist Diogo da Cruz - WORDCOIN, proposes the implementation of a new currency, that will give a literal value to each one’s speech. By creating The Bank for Argumentation, the costumer-museumgoer will have the opportunity to trust his or her argument’s to an institution that can save and trade them, giving the deserved and objective exposure to their ideas. Project was supported by Creative Scotland.

I keep forgetting I’ve been to Tokyo: GAIDEN - Artist Petra Szemán - part of a distributed artwork, consisting of a three-channel animation video accompanied by a sound piece, and this web application which manifests itself in the form of a interactive mind-map. The context of the project follows a virtual self through parallel and intersecting realities, along the departure-initiation-return structure of The Hero’s Journey. Drawing upon personal and/or constructed experiences, the online portion of this work of art explores the idea of a non-localised identity that’s an archive of accumulated personal mythologies acquired from a multitude of realities. Not only is the self an unreliable narrator, but it is also an unreliable narrative. Project was supported by Creative Scotland.