You have built vast deep-sea datacenters, submerged off the rocky shores of Scotland, Argentina, Japan, elsewhere, and in secret locations. Data centers so powerful they can render worlds, populate them with imitations of the intricate machinations of the lives of beings, the shapeshifting flights of starlings, the slow and steady growth of ivy, the experience of sitting at a full metro in the morning, drinking coffee from a paper mug, watching the apparition of these faces in the crowd, petals on a wet black bough.
Preview of Apparatus Ludens, What is your favorite flower?
Apparatus Ludens (machine at play) is an interactive story about our relationship with the vast amounts of data we leave online. The work is presented through an evolving series of interactive films, that combine elements from computer games with traditional film to create a uniquely non-linear narrative for each visitor.
You're standing in front of a large screen watching a vast landscape made of images. A voice-over guides your exploration and asks you personal questions. The answers to these questions are used to harvest the internet and adapt the landscape to you. As you explore the landscape you catch glimpses of fragments from previous visitors, from your online feeds, and off yourselves.
From Egyptian hieroglyphs to NFTs, we use images to build our understanding of the world and ourselves. Today, these images are stored in gigantic server halls around the world, forming the materiality of virtual worlds and metaverses. Every day we feed these spaces with new data. What happens with these places and our data after we leave? What new life can grow from this fertile soil? What strange amalgamations and approximations can be created from it to imitate us?