Kemmuna Nation

Fragmenta Malta

“October 28th will be the date: nature declares its own independency. Plants, animals and minerals will unite to build the most powerful nation in the world, leaving behind times of plunder and exploitation through men. This will be the day that the world order will take a new shape. Join us to be witness of the birth of Kemmuna Nation”, Mario Asef announces. In the age of the Anthropocene, the end is near. The “ideal of a shared world no longer exists”, political philosophy has lost its language, globalization is experiencing a negative reversal. Now, the earth starts fighting back. Kemmuna Nation speculates with the idea of a global nation constituted by non-humans entities, which organize themselves creating their own economical and political system based on the structures of specific pre-existing interconnections between species.FRAGMENTA is taking over the island of Comino on Sunday October 28th, with a conceptual work by artist Mario Asef. Several buildings will be appropriated to present the design of “Kemmuna Nation”. The program includes the inaugural speech, a presentation of Kemmuna Coin cryptocurrency, and a short tour on Comino’s ecosystem. An interactive sound installation is presented in Comino’s abandoned bakery.

Abandoned bakery –sound installation–

Abandoned bakery –sound installation–

Abandoned bakery –sound installation–

Abandoned bakery –sound installation–

Abandoned bakery –sound installation–

The foundation on which the system structures itself is played out on the mineral level contained in the soil, which is connected with different species of plants through an underground network of mycorrhizal fungi. This system generates nutrients for insects and animals, including humans. In this way and considering the amount of plants, which are being eaten by those, mycorrhizal fungi get an overview of the animal population (also by communicating with other fungi growing on animal corpses and feces).

Martin Galea de Giovanni lecture about lichen’s network

Lichens

Thus, the mycorrhizal network administrates life on the planet by exchanging nutrients and information through carbon dioxide. With the help of lichen, which has also a fugi component, Kemuna Nation can build biomonitors for air pollution. Many lichen species have large geographical ranges, allowing study of pollution gradients over long distances. This information torrent can be measured by sensors on the ground and interpreted by a central computer, which, through an algorithm, determines the value of a cryptocurrency. This new currency is called Kemmuna Coin, and will be used by humans to pay transactions with the earth. All raw material taken by humans from Kemmuna Nation need to be retributory paid with Kemmuna Coins. Violations of law will also be charged in Kemmuna Coins. In this way pollution and explotation of nature can be a factor that altered the value of that monetary exchage between mankind and nature. Constituting so a self-regulated system, that also regulates the human factor of the system.

Terence Cassar lecture about Blockchain – Kemmuna Coin –

Inaugural speech at St. Mary’s Tower

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marioasef

Mario Asef‘s public interventions, photographs, videos, soundscapes and installations focus on the legibility of urban space and architecture within a specific sociocultural and historic context. Seeking to explore intimate socio-critical and political aspects of forms, the artist constructs a narrative system, a thought experiment that aims to produce an unpredictable effect - a moment of logical absurdity - creating a fiction of the real. He is a precise and yet poetic recorder of the fleeting and the mundane. His work emphasizes, in an unpretentious way, moments of displacement and the disappearance of space and time. In a subversive and humorous way, Mario Asef manages to breach the rules of the every day life. Like a researcher he explores, by way of different mediums, the interdisciplinary construct of public spaces and public life.

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