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Exhibition
Exhibition
Part of Don’t Be Evil

THE POTATO INTERNET

Caroline Sinders (in collaboration with Trammell Hudson)

Finland / United Kingdom 2022 – 2023
Installation with potatoes, aluminium, wood, electronics

The Potato Internet is a small-scale, experimental social network that envisions the internet in times of climate emergency and global energy crisis. A common criticism of imagined alternatives to today’s toxic and extractivist online world comes down to this: ‘Great idea, but it doesn’t scale up.’ But what if the future of the internet is actually all about scaling

The small scale of The Potato Internet allows the artists to build a functioning social network from scratch. They have rethought every layer of the system, from hardware to protocols to governance in an ‘anti-upscaling’ network that suits a local context and endorses slow communication.

The artists used potatoes as a source of energy for the physical framework, and e-waste and other recycled materials for the interface. This piece draws on Sinders’ work on the Feminist Dataset for aspects of network governance, safety, equity and codes of conduct.

Please visit the project’s website potatoes.network/ to leave a message for the Potato Internet. Messages update every 24 hours. On this website you can also learn more about the project.

 

This work was realised within the framework of a European Media Art Platform residency program at m-cult with support from the Creative Europe Culture Programme of the European Union. 


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