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James Bridel Homo Sacer 2014

Homo Sacer consists of a series of phrases taken from British and international law; UN charters; agreements and treaties; as well as written and spoken statements by the British Government. Each of these concern the notion of citizenship: who has the right to belong where, and under what circumstances that right can be removed.

A loss of nationality may render a person stateless, and thus without all the protections that the modern state affords. In ancient Rome, such people were known as ‘Homo Sacer’ - the cursed man - who like those declared stateless or otherwise outside the law today, may be killed by anyone.

These excerpts and quotes are randomly delivered by a virtual assistant: a recorded non-person designed to host, inform and instruct. This type of hologram can now be found at sites of transit and, like the state, they are capable of endlessly delivering instructions without the possibility for reply or debate.

This is a new commission, and is the world premiere of the piece.