What would it mean to collectively image, and in doing so, reimagine the planet? On the first day of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, a network of people operating DIY satellite ground stations around the world will capture a collective snapshot of the Earth and its weather systems: a ‘nowcast’ for an undecided future.
Joana Moll and Marloes de Valk discuss Joana’s new project 4004, exhibited online and on the Gallery’s Media Wall until the 14th of October 2021. Digging into the infrastructures which are at the heart of today’s digital technology, they discuss the role of artists and the art world in the transition to a less polluting society.
4004 creates a link between the explosion of techno-capitalism, the acceleration of climate change and resulting decline of essential ecosystems. The title, 4004, is the name of the first commercial microprocessor created for the Intel Corporation in 1971. Joana Moll aims to establish a connection between the exponential growth of the microprocessor and the decline in both number and diversity of species – in particular insects. Over the duration of the exhibition, the insects were gradually and generatively superseded by microprocessors reflecting not only on the slow decimation of ecologies, but also the difficulty of visibly representing climate change. A gallery of screen captures documents the online exhibition.
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