installation. three network nodes running IPFS, drawings, greek audio with english subs, website, prints, flags, handwritten text

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

Α digital network using the IPFS explores the archipelagic infrastructures and notions of connectivity and insularity in the area of the Aegean sea and broader Mediterranean, with reference to networks’ long tradition in this area.

Networks have been present since the antiquity in the Aegean archipelago.‘An oral story about the origins of networks of trust’ draws to the oral local tradition offering an imaginative arbitrary narration about the origins of these archipelagic infrastructures.

An offline network with three nodes (Tilian, Athenian, Nomadic) hosts short stories about imaginary possible futures for the Aegean and the Mediterranean sea. The third nomadic node is part of this installation and you may now connect to it via your device.

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. The exact description of the network is depicted in the drawing ‘A diagram about networks of trust’. A website records the processes taking place in the offline networks without proviiding any data on them. The visitor can see the number of the files hosted as well as part of their hash IDs.

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.