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Anto­nia Hernán­dez | Con­cor­dia University

The Moldy Strategy (video, 38’)

The Moldy Strat­e­gy is part of a series of art exper­i­ments that inter­ro­gate what we do when we live with a dig­i­tal net­work. In this video, mold, a com­mon inhab­i­tant of the house, per­forms under a micro­scope and becomes a vehi­cle for think­ing through the net­work. It is an explo­ration of the ecol­o­gy of the home that ren­ders as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to spec­u­late on com­plex inter­ac­tions and com­pan­ion­ships among all sort of com­po­nents, includ­ing soft­ware and non-human bod­ies, data and space.

The Moldy Strat­e­gy pro­pos­es to observe a dig­i­tal net­work as a cir­cu­la­tion of affects, a trans­ac­tion­al real­i­ty that, rather than being con­strained to a com­put­er screen, involves the domes­tic space and the bod­ies of their inhab­i­tants. It is an exer­cise in think­ing through the spec­u­la­tive (but pos­si­ble) encoun­ters with mold that gives insight into the nature and behav­iour of that net­work, as well as clues about an imag­ined non-human domesticity.

Mold appears here not as a metaphor for a net­work but rather as a vehi­cle that allows the imag­i­na­tion of some vir­tu­al­i­ties dis­card­ed in a human-based mod­el. By stress­ing the impor­tance of non-human ele­ments, an affec­tive con­sid­er­a­tion of the ecol­o­gy of domes­tic space shows how bits from dif­fer­ent sorts can be mixed, cre­at­ing new and unex­pect­ed enti­ties. An explo­ration of domes­tic­i­ty in a net­worked con­text offers an oppor­tu­ni­ty to reflect on the entan­gled rela­tion­ship between bod­ies and media, phys­i­cal­i­ty, and metaphor­i­cal lan­guage. This com­plex inter­ac­tion presents an alter­na­tive per­spec­tive to the cur­rent uni­form mod­el and vocab­u­lary used to describe any kind of net­work, while tak­ing into account process­es, influ­ences, and rela­tion­ships among their components.

Fur­ther infor­ma­tion at art​work​.cordltx​.org/​t​h​e​-​m​o​l​d​y​-​s​t​r​a​t​e​gy/

The Moldy Strat­e­gy would nev­er have been pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of Dr. Tag­ny Duff and Flux­Me­dia, and Dr. Kim Saw­chuk and the Mobile Media Lab, both at Con­cor­dia University.

Fea­tured Image Cred­it: Anto­nia Hernández

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