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The STATE OF PRINT is a proposition. An evolving visual declaration initiated by a collective of artists beguiled and amused by the catastrophe of current social political thinking and the comedy of established systems of governance. The STATE OF PRINT explores the current state of nations and the notion that everything that formalises a nation state is printed – currency, maps, laws, passports, governance, news and information etc. At a time when ‘the current state’ of nation power globally is inflexible and dogmatic, this project provides a creative and theoretical antidote to the current paradigm.

The State was founded during a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Monaghan,Ireland in October 2016 and has since been manifest in a variety of forms and a series of locations. These have included Dundee, Aberdeen, Santander (Impact 10), Barcelona, Norwich, Preston, Cork, Limerick and most recently, presented online at the Impact 11 Conference, Hong Kong. The State has expanded at each manifestation to incorporate an increasing range of artworks and artefacts produced by the initial founders and an incrementally increasing number of contributing artists who have elected to become citizens of the state – and currently number over 100. These artefacts include not only the documentary material such as photographs, films, recordings and reviews of the series of performative events/exhibitions but also the artefacts of the state such as printed currency, passports, flags, maps, ceremonial medals newspapers and public information material. Additional items also include cultural artefacts such as the, National Costume, National Anthem and Eurovision entry as well as games and animations based on state myths.

Artists: Paul Liam Harrison, Catherine Hehir, Scott Hudson, Noelle Noonan and many  contributing SOP citizens.

Links to SOP videos:

SOP Intro and archive

SOP Archive 2

SOP Eurovision Proposal