Touch of the network

Surveyors tripod, 9:16 light box, electronics, mobile broadband with public static IP. Looping video (3 min) and installation. The searchlight mounted on top of surveyors tripod turns and bursts light towards the physical location where it is being targeted from over the networks.

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Part of the series Subocean Botlights:

Series Subocean Botlights departs from the fact that most of intercontinental communication relies heavily on the submarine fiber optic cables. This network carries threads of light as thin as tenth of human hair while being as existential to technological societies as the sun is for the plants. We are hanging by a thread while the artificial sun rays plunge through the oceans and light up our faces via bright screens.

Touch of the network can be seen as a lighthouse and also as an island in the network between things – the Internet. Objects in this field also function as baits, being open to communication from automated processes, from bots, to communication between machines that is inevitable upon entering the network. Motives of these acts of communication are mostly non-transparent and therefore unknown. Each request from a robot, a touch of the network, triggers the searchlight on surveyors tripod to orient itself and reflect back light towards the physical location where it is being targeted from over the networks.

 

 

The work was partly developed at WRO Art Center within the framework of EMAP / EMARE and co-funded by Creative Europe with additional production support from Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

 

Press:

Teostuse Meistriklass in SIRP by Juhan Soomets (in Estonian)

 

 

 

Installation views at Tallinn City Gallery:

 

Installation views by Karel Koplimets / Tallinn Art Hall