Humans are bad at understanding chaos and complexity. In particular, we expect our technology to behave predictably and consistently. But when digital infrastructure interacts with society, the outcomes can rarely be predicted. Increasingly, humanity is struggling to understand the systems we have created or even to unpick our own multimodal interactions with them. We find that, in our very attempt to draw order from the chaos of nature, we have created a new ecology of disorder.
This speculative, mixed reality work imagines a society where nature has recolonised our digital infrastructure. As global temperatures rise, new strains of fungus begin to exploit the one resource still to be found in excess - our data.
Project page: https://merediththomas.co.uk/projects/datacytes/