From Cloud to Crowd
5 November 2022 - 17 December 2022
Batool Desouky and Cristina Cochior
The posters are formed by different formulas entered on a spreadsheet mixing earth, water and sky. They propose to dissent from the land and extractive resource grabbing of Big Tech into an imagination of grounded infrastructures which remake our elemental relations.
Designed with inky blues, browns and greens, the spreadsheets become a different type of computational record keeping or plotting, each cell notated, from which slogans and poetry call the passerby. In a city where at every turn you are greeted with an advertisement for yet another Big Tech solution, instead, the spreadsheet pixels welcome a more tender relationship with the world as if blown in on the wind from the river Tay. Reminiscent of Dionne Brand's line in the Blue Clerk, keeping "account of cubic meters of senses, perceptions and resistant facts". And together, the glittering cells display slogans, statements and questions that show a commitment to cloud resistance, computational regeneration, community maintenance, and collective transformations.
The slogans were inspired by, gleaned, borrowed and iterated from various sources and situations: Lumbung Glossary, TITiPI, Other Weapons, Varia, Miranda Moss, Malé Luján Escalante, Tobias Fiebig, Charlotte Eifler, Dick Reckard, The Underground Division, Lauren Berlant, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Ren Britton, Mary Nardini Gang.
The software used to make the posters is LibreOffice Calc. This work exists in the comradeship of other spreadsheet artists and peers, such as Karl Moubarak https://karlmoubarak.com, Suzin Kwon https://suzink.cargo.site and To Be Determined https://pad.xpub.nl/p/TBD (with the work Comfort People Safety Curtain https://fictioningcomfort.space/24h-souvenir-shop). The posters are available here for reuse under the conditions of the CC4r: https://titipi.org/wiki/index.php/Digital_Depletion_Posters
About the Artists
Batool Desouky https://batooldesouky.myportfolio.com is an artist working with computation and the history of magic. They have presented their work as part of Toppling, SET Woolwich, London (2022), In-grid Real Bodies, Corsica Studios, London (2022), Dreaming Reconstructions, and The Feminist Library, London (2021).
Cristina Cochior https://randomiser.info is working with collective infrastructures She is a member of the everyday technology collective Varia, as well as a tutor in the Hacking Department of the Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam and in the Experimental Publishing Department of the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam.
The Institute for Technology in the Public Interest (TITiPI) is a trans-practice gathering of activists, artists, engineers and theorists initiated by Miriyam Aouragh, Seda Gürses, Helen Pritchard and Femke Snelting. TITiPI functions as an infrastructure to establish new ways in which socio-technical practices and technologies might support the public interest.