The digital is material. In 2016, IBM announced that 90% of the world’s data had been produced in the prior two years. This recent and rapid exponential growth in the global data now reveals itself locally across the Irish landscapes as a vast constellation of data centres, fibre optic cable networks, and energy infrastructures. Foregrounding the materiality of our digital age, the Irish pavilion presents a structure that performs a collapse of the local and planetary scale data infrastructure networks into the most primitive of socialising technologies – the bonfire – to draw attention to and reframe how we comprehend the data infrastructure already around us.
Commissioner: Culture Ireland
Curators/Exhibitors: Annex (Sven Anderson / Alan Butler / David Capener / Donal Lally / Clare Lyster / Fiona McDermott)