Nicolas Maigret is an artist who has worked in digital art and sound since 2001. His work exposes the internal workings of media through a reflection on their errors, their dysfunctions, their limitations and failure thresholds.

In the context of omnipresent telecommunications surveillance, The Pirate Cinema reveals the hidden activity and geography of online peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing.

Presented as a movie monitoring room, The Pirate Cinema shows which film files are being transferred on networks using the BitTorrent protocol.

The result is a mash-up of film file fragments, peer IP addresses and source/destination data which illustrates the global dissemination of content consumption.

The Pirate Cinema is part of Abandon Normal Devices festival, hosted in 2013 by FACT.  For further information on the rest of the AND festival programme visit