Nepantlas #02. »Cleansing Rituals for the Internet«
Moderated by Daphne Dragona
03.09.20, 14.00–15.30 (CEST)
Tubes, lines, pipes, fiber connectors, submarine communication chains, and colonial plumbing circumnavigate the globe. Copper wires are wrapped in the latex juices of the gutta-percha tree. Scouring barnacles from its back, a whale gets entangled in the line. The Amber Witch, a cable repair ship, is deployed to the Persian Gulf to investigate. There are dual landing points, forked ocean paths arranged in self-healing rings, backups for increasing network redundancy. What stories do infrastructures hold; those that support our exchange and communication? What is the price for maintaining this interconnected global network?
Casting telecommunications spells, we activate our collective imaginaries, traveling through the superhighways of the digital. We trace our physical forms though screen portals and routers, to the underground and watery infrastructures, the landscapes and niches, that connect us.
Your host on this journey, Teresa Dillon, guides this mediation and visioning, which is followed by a group conversation on the histories of the Internet, its environmental and colonial footprint, and the effort it takes to maintain such global connections.
We invite you to join us on Thursday, September 3, 2020, 2 pm, to be part of the online performance and guided medi(t)ation by Teresa Dillon.
Prior registration is required to participate in this event. More detailed instructions for the performance will be provided after the registration process.
Please, register in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org