Internet Landscapes: Sweden by Evan Roth

Internet Landscapes: Sweden by Evan Roth

The Link Art Center is proud to announce that INTERNET LANDSCAPES: SWEDEN by Evan Roth, the project we co-commissioned through a Masters & Servers open call programme, is now available online:http://n57.680235e11.668160.se/

 

Internet Landscapes is a new series of web-based artworks by Evan Roth that allows audiences to experience the Internet’s physical, digital and cultural landscape through a series of video works that bring together audio and video recordings charting the artist’s obsession with the physical Internet.

 

As part of the Masters & Servers open call programme he evolves this further with a new commission, Internet Landscapes: Sweden based on the artist’s recent research and documentation of Sweden’s main Internet submarine fibre optic cable landing locations. These landing locations are transitional moments in which fibre optic cables join the undersea communication network, allowing continents to communicate digitally – send emails, skype, phone.

 

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In early 2016 Roth embarked on a pilgrimage to a number of landing locations in Sweden between Kungsbacka, on the south eastern coast, and Väddö, just north of Stockholm, documenting the surroundings using infra-red video and binaural audio recordings. The use of infra-red is in part a reference to the architecture of the Internet, which uses infra-red laser light transmitted through fibre optic cables. While the audio monitors and records his heart rate, surrounding environment and fm radio waves. The result is a online experience that brings together these recordings, to allow you to meditate on the landscape and the internet as the video file transfers through the network from its’ host in Sweden to your screen.

 

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For more information and credits, click here. For those wishing to delve deeper, clues are held in the url (based on the GPS coordinates of the original location) and source code signaling to the works origins and different readings.

 

The launch date coincides with the works premier as part of The Black Chamber exhibition taking place at the Skuc Gallery, Ljubljana from March 10 – April 1, 2016. Curated by Eva and Franco Mattes and Bani Brusadin, featuring artists Jacob Appelbaum & Ai Weiwei, Zach Blas, James Bridle, Émilie Brout & Maxime Marion, Simon Denny, Jill Magid, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Metahaven, Laura Poitras, Evan Roth. The exhibition catalogue will be published by Link Editions and Aksioma, and will be available from April 2016.

 

This project is realized in the framework of Masters & Servers. Networked Cultures in the Post Digital Age, a joint project by Aksioma (SI), Drugo more (HR), Abandon Normal Devices (UK), Link Art Center (IT) and d-i-n-a / The Influencers (ES) that was awarded with a Creative Europe 2014 – 2020grant. For 24 months from September 2014, Masters & Servers will explore networked culture in the post-digital age.

 

 

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

 

 

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