An image of the hybrid internet culture Leistavia.
The District of
Leistavia is a nonlinear, non-geographical entity mediated by
digital files: it's cultural boundary is ultimately flexible. Leistavia is a hybrid cultural
space influenced by cultures worldwide. The District of Leistavia was created
for ISEA 2004 and is one of the most recently constituted
entities - the constitution of Leistavia
reflects 21st century concerns. Interrogating
the invisiblewas exhibited at ISEA 2006, and Making history at ISEA 2009.
Leistavian constitution was voted for using online
and offline forms, with most voting being online. The results of voting generates
an interesting profile of an online community. A democratic state with a monetarist
economy was overwhelmingly voted out in favour of meritocracy and ecologically
sustainable economic strategies. The founding of Leistavia was strongly influenced
by Norfolk Island, Pitcairn Island and Estonian cultures.
heritage reasons, the original site and pages, exactly as they were at the time
of the end of constitution voting in Tallinn, Estonia on August 31st, 2004 are
- has the Leistavian constitution, with the constitution of Estonia (1992) and
the 1838 Laws of Pitcairn Island (which gave women the vote).
- the questions used to collate voting. As with all questionnaire bias, the questionnaire
is influenced by the concerns of the three formative cultures - Norfolk Island,
Pitcairn Island and Estonia. Cultural interconnections and overlaps between all
three included: borders that have been open to cultural influence and diversity;
trees and green energy; a particular sense of architecture, old walls; and mediation
cultures - introduces some ideas around the formation of hybrid cultures.
- this page gives the main project creators, email contact, and a list of contributors.
1 - this page has edited highlights of the email and internet research base
of the project.
2 - following the constitution of Leistavia, the Federal Bureau of Information
has been created and a multiple identities database formed. The Bureau of Information
gathers cultural and diverse data based on questionnaires and online participation.
These are then collated and expressed as percentages, an approach suitable to
diverse cultural aims.
for 19th March 2005 in Auckland Aotearoa New Zealand.