9:16 light box on top of surveyors tripod, electronics, mobile broadband SIM with public static IP. Looping 4K video. The searchlight mounted on top of surveyors tripod turns and bursts light towards the physical location where it is being targeted from over the networks.
Touch of the network can be seen as a lighthouse and also as an island in the network between things – the Internet. Objects in this field also function as baits, being open to communication from automated processes, from bots, to communication between machines that is inevitable upon entering the network. Motives of these acts of communication are mostly non-transparent and therefore unknown. Each request from a robot, a touch of the network, triggers the searchlight on surveyors tripod to orient itself and reflect back light towards the physical location where it is being targeted from over the networks.
The installation is part of the series Subocean Botlights which departs from the fact that most of intercontinental communication relies heavily on the submarine fiber optic cables. This network carries threads of light as thin as tenth of human hair while being as existential to technological societies as the sun is for the plants. We are hanging by a thread while the artificial sun rays plunge through the oceans and light up our faces via bright screens.
Accompanying video for a group show near Lake Peipus
Accompanying video for a solo show at Tallinn City Gallery
Touch of the network belongs to the collection of Tartu Art Museum.
Teostuse Meistriklass in SIRP by Juhan Soomets (in Estonian)