What is data, anyway? We just sit around on our dumb computer smashing our chubby fingers on a keyboard asking Google what time the Superbowl is, and some poor little machine has to actually crank out the stupid answers. Smh.
German artists Sebastian Schmieg and Johannes Osterhoff were inspired by seeing photos of Google’s data center in Belgium along with the nugget of info that Google crunches up all its old servers into bit. They asked Google for some, and were sent a 10 kg box.
Osterberg explains, “in their disassembled and dysfunctional state, as an afterglow of the data center factory, they remain loaded with meaning and provide not only a glimpse behind the shiny interface layer of Google’s applications, but also point to the actual sites of digital life.”
“10kg from the New Factory” is currently on display at the transmediale art festival in Berlin.
Ok. Here are glorious smashed servers: