Today, human exchanges are happening on a ‘cloud’ or through online ‘shopping carts’. These highly designed metaphors facilitate mediation but undermine our material reality by concealing the apparatus behind virtual space, contactless encounters and global connection.
I. Alternative epistemologies of The Cloud(s): Below is a talk I delivered at the AMRO Festival in Linz | Art Meets Radical Openness 2018. Festival dedicated to Art, Hacktivism & Open Culture.
II. Towards and Atlas of Human-Made Clouds. Early experiments: A new framework of space-monitoring and space-based information systems is emerging, one that radically challenges our definitions of publicness and the scope of human influence on earth and in the sky: from drones and wireless communication to geopolitics, ecological activism and even site-specific art. This project employs an aesthetic exploration of the ‘cloud’, including its most contemporary manifestations in visual culture and technology: from allegoric representations to cloud computing networks. Using new materials for printmaking (i.e. thermocrhomic inks) to represent invisible or impossible landscapes, I will capture contested visions of the virtual, physical and symbolic spaces that sustain human exchanges today.
Below are some initial experiments combining printmaking methods and using reactive inks, to represent invisible or impossible landscapes.
Using new reactive materials for printmaking, video and installation, I will create a new body of work including interactive prints on paper, embracing boundless sites and embodying the unseen. These works aim to devise a new framework for ‘space-thinking’ and therefore, shine a light onto a new phase of cultural practices, policy and politics that recognize the planet and its elements as a form of vast public space.