NETWORKS OF TRUST (work in progress)

offline network on Raspberry Pi, IPFS, website, drawing, prints, flag, texts

A flag of Networks of Trust on a tiny remote island, 2018

Why is the Aegean the prefect territory for a decentralised future? What connects dwarf elephant’s (elephas tiliensis), obsidian (naturally forming volcanic glass) and fragmented Cycladic idols to distributed networks and geographies? And how was a time capsule containing collative narratives about possible futures of the Aegean initiated on a tiny remote island?

Networks have been present in the Aegean archipelago's unique topography since prehistoric times. Formed on the cluster of hundreds of bigger and smaller islands in between Greece and Turkey, as a consequence of distribution of people, goods, ceremonial objects and weaponry, these networks were crucial for surviving on fragmented land surrounded by Mediterranean Sea.

Using the Aegean archipelago as a model for decentralization, Kyriaki Goni explores connections between the Aegean’s dense networks and technologies such as Interplanetary File System (IPFS), which has proven to be crucial for censorship-resistant and distributed data storage. Networks of Trust build a collective narrative working with island residents and visitors, challenging centralization of infrastructure, information and governance by activating users' devices and the islands’ landscapes. User-generated content is hosted on the nodes, which serve simultaneously as common time-capsules, and gateways to the future.

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.