atomictv David Bickerstaff
Artist, filmmaker and creative director of digital media for narrative environments

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A Project by Alex Hartley

Produced by Situations

An Arctic island travelled south and became a nation of global citizens.

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Nowhereisland was part of the 'Artists Take The Lead' programme run by the Arts Council of England for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. A team of academics, students, activists and artists sailed to the high Arctic, filming and discussing issues around land grab, citizenship, nationhood and climate change while collecting territory from a remote island to construct a new nation.

As Nowhereisland made this epic journey, it travelled through international waters, whereupon it became the world's newest nation - Nowhereisland - with citizenship open to all. Over its year-long status as a nation, it accrued over 23,000 citizens and 2,700 propositions to its online constitution, travelled 2,500 miles accompanied by its mobile Embassy and was greeted by thousands in ports and harbours around the south west coast of England. On Sunday 9th September, the island left Bristol and the territory is shortly to be dispersed amongst its citizens.

This short film documents its journey from Arctic island to celebrated small visiting nation - a land artwork for our time.

Nowhereisland is Situations project, one of 12 Artists Taking the Lead projects for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad funded by Arts Council England. Nowhereisland is also supported by the University of the West of England, Bristol; Bloomberg; the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Royal Norwegian Embassy; Nicky Wilson Jupiter Artland and Yellowbrick Tracking. Situations is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Award.

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