Cloud Cosmogram

The data centre is a place where the cosmos that is the cloud materialises as an array of technologies. It is designed to provide optimal conditions for servers and profits from the absence of humans: a human exclusion zone, as it were.

Cloud Cosmogram is a speculative mapping of the technological, logistical, affective and labour infrastructures that data centres constitute. It is based on a variety of data centre visual and textual ephemera that emerged through the authors’ research, including fragments of text and images about data centre technician jobs, architectural elements and security infrastructures, technical patents for server maintenance, or a composition diagram of data cables. Together they construct an exploded view of data centres that “does not reveal hidden (infra)structures or logistical relations of data centres, but considers these relations as speculative media of the transformations of labour and social relations.”

cloudcosmogram.space

Cloud Cosmogram
Accompanying essay for Data Farms by Maya Indira Ganesh and Johannes Bruder.
https://www.datafarms.org/

smartphone object biography

The research team of Times of Waste presents an online smartphone object biography, a multifarious mapping of the intricate routes and transformation processes behind the production, use and disposal of smartphones. Using artistic-scientific research practices and various media, the team investigates waste materials and the fields of human work surrounding them – from local landfills, repair shops or research laboratories, to global contexts. The “concatenation” of the various media fragments makes it possible to place the routes and transformation processes in an overall context, to choose individual paths through the materials available online, and thus to create a unique joined-up story.

smartphone object biography
(in English and German)

Three Questions On Media Criticality

The booklet and respective website is the setout for an inquiry into the conditions, modes and potentials of critique of, in, and through ‘media’. It was developed on occasion of a discussion session held by IXDM’s Critical Media Lab and guests at Transmediale 2015 in Berlin. The field notebook is a collection of responses by invited scholars, artists and designers on three provocative questions: What are promising modes of critique today? What is critical about media technologies? What comes after critique?

Online version

threequestions.ixdm.ch

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