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The Nowhereisland Declaration

Declaration document

Nowhereisland is a new nation declared on behalf of its citizens.

Nowhereisland’s territory originated from an island newly revealed by a retreating glacier in the High Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Nowhereisland is established in response to the failure of nation states to adequately address interconnected global crises, such as environmental exploitation. The island’s territory crossed into international waters north of Svalbard on 20th September 2011.

Nowhereisland seeks to redefine what a nation can be. Nowhereisland embodies the global potential of a new borderless nation, which offers citizenship to all; a space in which all are welcome and in which all have the right to be heard. Nowhereisland’s constitution is and will be cumulative and consensual, open to all citizens and subject to change during the nation’s lifetime.

Nowhereisland is a displaced nation journeying south in search of its people.

Written by

Alex Hartley, Carl Gardner, Charlie Logan, Claire Doherty, David Bickerstaff, Frank Hartley, Kieron Kirkland, Kim Tilbrook, Laurie Penny, Lydia Maloney, Max McClure, Sam Thompson, Stephen Pax Leonard, Tamsin Omond, Tania Kovats and Tim Cresswell.

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Video of the moment of declaration

Video: David Bickerstaff

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Nowhereisland is a Situations project led by artist Alex Hartley, one of 12 Artist Taking the Lead projects for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad funded by Arts Council England. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of the University of the West of England, Bristol; Bloomberg; Nicky Wilson Jupiter Artland; the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Royal Norwegian Embassy and Yellowbrick Tracking.

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