Subocean botlights

It is well known that most of intercontinental communication relies heavily on the submarine fiber optic cables (in fact around 99%). This network of cables carries threads of light as thin as tenth of a human hair while being as existential to technological societies as the sun is for the plants. Figuratively speaking, we are hanging on by a thread while the artifical sun rays plunge through the oceans and light up our faces via bright screens. Whilst the sun here is a metaphore, it is also partly factual, as solar power and fossil fuels power substantial part of ‘the cloud’, the invisible infrastructure that lays foundation to the global village.

The proposed project lures threads of light from differents parts of the world to a ‘remote’ location well connected by submarine fiber optic cables. This light, once passed the floors of oceans, triggers, and therefore is transformed, into growth lights that shine onto the plants in the exhibition space.

The remote location is Hawaii because it exemplifies beautifully the concept by being located around 3500 km from the nearest landmass but at the same time being very well connected via submarine fiber optic cables. One could say the horizon is the first separation between physical and virtual and also day and night, conscious and subconscious. But in this Hawaii I imagine, the sun never sets as it has moved completely underground, triggered by procedural artificial intelligence with no conscious on its own.

The work invites to consider horizons, artificial intelligence and the resurgence of automation and its role in the overwhelmingly connected and technological societies and its possible relationships with humans/nature.

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