At the end of World War I when a series of citizenship laws across Europe resulted in masses of refugees on the continent, Norwegian diplomat and explorer Fridtjof Nansen created the Nansen Passport — an identity card issued by the League of Nations in 1922 that enabled refugees to move across borders in search of political and intellectual shelter. Reflecting upon the principles of the Nansen Passport today, the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), as commissioner of Norway's representation at the 54th Biennale di Venezia, organises 'The State of Things', a series of public lectures that will be held throughout the Biennale period.