This work was created with Agnès Villette
The first show is hosted by Science Gallery Lab Detroit for their Hustle exhibition.
In an age of atomised knowledge, miniature hardware and exponential data, caves and bunkers become new refuges for machines, robots and computers to process information. Sweden inherited a lot of nuclear bunkers from the Cold War, such as the one we visited a few months ago, lost in the middle of farm lands and lakes. Hidden under a granite mountain, Betabunker is one of the biggest data centre in Sweden. The secluded location and the cold climate offer a perfect setting against physical intrusion and cyber attacks. In an uncanny backward move to our ancestral modes of living, caves and bunkers are becoming centres of power, hidden away from control. The cave is transforming itself into a tactical zone hidding information and processing data, away from states. In a retrofuturist time loop, the military nuclear architecture recycles itself into new purposes.
Beta Bunker Installation in Group Exhibition, Science Gallery, Detroit Science Museum, 16th of June – 26th of August 2018
Data and personal information have become a major part of our lives due to the digital threads we disseminate through our use of social media and online buying. Scandals and revelations touching the use of private information have gradually expanded public awareness. Data is sensitive to hacking, commercial use and identity violation. In Betabunker, artists Villette and Dupond visually explore a decommissioned nuclear bunker which has become one of the biggest data centers in Scandinavia. Hidden away from states, hackers, and supposedly safe from cyber attacks, thousands of computers are processing information or mining cryptocurrencies such as Ether or Bitcoin. In the grey zone of underground secrecy, our future is being designed and redefined by technologies. Using analogue photography, a 360 camera, and VR animation film, Betabunker provides a rare insight into a dystopian world in the making.