Institute for Flexible Cultures and Technologies – NAPON
Institute for Flexible Cultures and Technologies – NAPON is a nonprofit organization oriented towards research of contemporary artistic practices based on digital technologies, critically analysed and (re)interpreted trough different phenomena and concepts of the specific fields.
The focus of NAPON’s activities are fields of social and cultural practices, information and communication technologies (ICT) and recent official and unofficial media and cultural history. The goal of the Institute is to contribute to development of new fields of contemporary art and culture and to establish new models of collaboration based on network and interdisciplinary approach. The activities of NAPON organization include organization and production of various events: exhibitions and conferences, educational workshops, presentations and discussions, public forums and speech on subjects it has been exploring.
The most significant projects up to now, the project Techno Ecologies,Play Cultures, Territories and Resources and Wealth of Nations, show the range of subjects Institute deals with. Project Techno Ecologies (2012-2014) aim was to re-approach cultural, social and ecological sustainability through artistic explorations and cultural innovation. In frame of this project Napon worked on concept of Autonomies. The project Play Cultures (2007-09) is based on critical analysis of the phenomenon of computer games and social implications of game culture- the culture of games. One of the emerging questions in today’s society is also field of new economies of virtual territories and resources Web 2.0, presented in the project Territories and Resources (2008). Trough the project Wealth of Nations (2009), NAPON treated a contemporary global phenomenon of world economic crisis and alternative economies. Besides dealing with global questions, the Institute is also oriented towards cultural problems emerged in regional history. Critical analysis of cultural hegemonies and national and gender identities in contemporary visual art is given trough the case study of contemporary art scene in Priština in the project Exception (2008).