“You Use the Internet, Right?”

The Digital Silk Road


Digital data is an international product. It is produced, stored in specific locations and can be delivered anywhere in the world. In 2013, China launched the project ‘Fiber Optic Silk Road’. This terrestrial digital road will provide a much shorter telecommunications route than the current ‘SEA-Me-We 3’, the 39,000 km long optical fiber cable under the sea. The new silk road will provide faster Internet speed, less CO2 emission, more access to the int. data networks and new chances for central Asian countries, business opportunities for telecom companies, financial benefits for hedge fund companies, and so on.


I AM THE
FIBER OPTIC
SILK ROAD
NEW EMPEROR
MONEY CANAL
SPY SUBSTANCE
BYTE AND CO2
CONTROL LAB


I wrote a critical summary of it in 18 words, designed a typeface and lasered these words with acrylic glass. Using the principle and material of optical fibers, this object invites us to literally lit a hidden question: What happens actually when we use the Internet without thinking?



> VIDEOS
the digital Silk road Project, Smartphone-lighting https://vimeo.com/284230951
the digital Silk road Project, light Spray https://vimeo.com/284231970
the digital Silk road Project, Mixed Words https://vimeo.com/284232697

MEDIUM
participative object, acrylic glass, custom typeface

PRODUCTION
4.–7. 2018

SUPERVISOR
Prof. andrea tinnes, Pawel Wolowitsch