Lana Porter
Second Year


Online communities gain statehood by re-framing the requirements for becoming a state according to the culture and ideology of their communities. In the process, they create loopholes and work-arounds that challenge the formal definition of territory, finding ways to layer their identity as a community on top of the existing world.
By becoming a state, the members of these communities take on a new form of blended citizenship, split between the physical and digital worlds. Their homes become embassies -- individual nations in a diffuse national network -- and their daily lives take on the rituals and behaviors required to maintain their new state.
A 10-minute Internet outage in a London apartment building forces five citizens of five archetypal online states to interact with each other in the physical world.
with Stephanie Bickford Smith


Those Golden Memories
Lost Cause Inc
Living Compass