Nestor Siré

Independent artist
Nestor Siré Portrait
Photo credit / Image credit
Jayme Kaye Gershen

(*1988), Born in Nuevitas, Camagüey. Cuba Lives and works in Havana. 

I am interested in informal methods of the distribution of information and goods, forms of social creativity in the face of scarcity, and the communities and human infrastructures that shape such practices. My projects are related to alternative networks, informal economies, and power structures. I pay particular attention to the alternative strategies that have emerged in the digital culture of my native Cuba, which are a response to the disconnection of my country from the global networks that control the Internet today. As part of my artistic practice, I actively engage with the phenomena I investigate and try to find more effective ways in which art can participate in the complex relationship between formal and informal networks.

As a result of these actions and research processes I usually establish transdisciplinary collaborative processes that can take the form of publishing academic texts or multimedia exhibitions that include interactive installations, diagrams, the development of specific hardware and software, videos, photographs, public actions and objects.

His works have been shown in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Havana), Queens Museum (New York), Rhizome (New York), New Museum (New York), Ars Electronica (Linz), Hong-Gah Museum (Taipei), Museo d ́art de Rouyn-Noranda (Canada), Transmediale (Berlin), The Photographers’ Gallery (London), among other places. He has participated in events such as the Havana Biennial (Cuba), the Gwangju Biennial (South Korea), the Curitiba Biennial (Brazil), the Warsaw Biennial (Poland), the International Biennial of Asuncion (Paraguay), the Festival of New Latin American Cinema of Cuba and the International Short Film Festival of Oberhausen (Germany).


Island in the Net - How Internet activism is changing Cuban politics and society

Steffen Köhn, Nestor Siré, Lesly Fonseca Tundidor

How do people in authoritarian systems build their own alternative technological infrastructures when internet access is constrained? How does gradually increasing connectivity impact political debate within an authoritarian system? A discussion between Cuban digital activist Lesly Fonseca, media artist Nestor Siré, and anthropologist Steffen Köhn.
Stage 3

What's in a net? An open discussion about resilient and decentralized local alternatives to the global internet.

Nestor Siré, Eric Nitschke, Mike Jensen, Elektra Wagenrad, Steffen Köhn

This meetup is intended to be a space for re:publica participants to discuss proven and emerging community-led approaches to building resilient, autonomous, decentralized, environmentally sustainable, and often completely ‘unplugged’ networks.

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