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Islands may seem closed off from the world, but they are also spaces of movement and relationality. For Kyriaki Goni, the island and insular existence combines isolation and connectivity in ways through which we can rethink the past, present, and future of networks. Referencing networks in the Aegean Sea from antiquity until today, Goni has devised a localized digital network of three nodes, one of which is presented within the exhibition installation. Visitors can use this node to share stories related to the possible future of networks, climate, and population movements. Using fiction as a method for community building, these Networks of Trust are accessible by proximity and indexed as cryptographic hashes on the website of the installation. The offline network is combined with technologies such as P2P and the Interplanetary File System (IPFS) for a distributed data storage resilient to potential censorship and control.
Kristofer Gansing, for the exhibition The Eternal Network at Transmediale2020
LIVING ON THE SEA SURROUNDED BY THE SEA essay by Kyriaki Goni
FREEPORT.GLOBAL part of my research on this work published on New Networked Normal website
LIVING NETWORKS panel at Transmediale 2019, moderated by Jussi Parrikka
FACING THE FUTURE, CONNECTING THE PAST: KYRIAKI GONI’S TIME-BENDING NETWORKS interviewed by Alexander Strecker
CHALLENGING INFRASTRUCTURES essay by Daphne Dragona
DISTRIBUTED CRITIQUE - ON KYRIAKI GONI'S NETWORKS OF TRUST podcast by Nathan Jones
The work was initiated by a commission by The New Networked Normal partners (NNN). In Autumn 2018, the NNN partners announced three commissions to be developed for nnn.freeport.global. The NNN 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.