State Technologies

A Portrait of Contemporary Power

Photo: Joël Tettamanti, from the series Vardo / Norway / 2008

How can the role of the state be understood in the mirror of its international framework, and how does this understanding influence our notions about what the state actually is? In-depth examinations of six topics–infrastructure, finance, data, management, violence, democracy–investigate the contemporary transformations of the nation-state under the growing influence of technologies and global financial cycles. Amid much talk of the decline of the nation-state in the era of globalization, we see how it has also expanded and mutated under the influence of global forces.

With cinéma copains (Arne Hector and Minze Tummescheit), Keller Easterling, Charles Lim Yi Yong, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Felix Stalder and Samar Yazbek