NETWORKS OF TRUST (work in progress)

offline network, raspberry pi, website


A flag of Networks of Trust on Tilos island, 2018


The project is a commission by The New Networked Normal partners (NNN). The New Networked Normal explores art, technology and citizenship in the age of the Internet, a partnership project by Abandon Normal Devices (UK), Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) (ES), The Influencers (ES),Transmediale (DE) and STRP (NL). This project has been co-funded with support from the Creative Europe program.

How are dwarf elephants (elephas tiliensis), opsidian and fragmented Cycladic idols connected to networked geographies and distribution? How a timecapsule containing collective narratives about possible futures in the Aegean was initiated on a tiny island? Why is the Aegean the perfect territory for a decentralized future?

Networks are present in the Mediterranean basin since prehistoric times. The Aegean archipelago, part of the Mediterranean, is composed of a large number of bigger and smaller islands distributed unevenly in the water between Greece and Turkey; between Europe and Asia. Because of this topography dense networks were maintained and allowed the distribution of people, tools, ritualistic objects and weaponry, even animals through the centuries. Networks were crucial for surviving on fragmented land surrounded by water.

Around 2092, the Aegean declines, having been through the centuries the stage of major tensions and urgencies due to its geographical particularity and cultural diversity: climate change, violent population movements, financial crisis, military and political conflicts, tourist exploitation. Censorship and control of information prevail. Networks of Trust arise, drawing connections between pre-existing networks and technologies such as IFPS. Distributed, trusted and autonomous networks are activated in users' devices, surpassing centralization of infrastructure, information and governance in the area.

It is said that all started in 2018. On the remote island of Tilos young people imagined possible futures about their island and the archipelago taking into account topography, (pre)history and sociopolitical conditions. The material was hosted on a node, that served simultaneously as a common time-capsule, a gateway to the future and as a precursor of Networks of trust, which were meant to challenge the established and contemporary forms of sovereignty, citizenship, geography and power in the coming years. The work presents these collective narratives about possible futures in the Mediterranean sea.