Cloud Dowsing - hunting for the hidden internet

Friday 24 June / 1pm - 3pm / FACT Foyer / FREE, booking required


Join us for a walk round the streets surrounding FACT on the hunt for traces of the internet, and record what you see by sketching and taking rubbings of the local area. Scars in the road reveal buried fibre optics, and scattered antenna mark mobile phone data transmitters. We will take a wandering walk in search of a psycho-geography of hidden signals and systems, as we try to discover just what makes the internet 'a cloud'. Just remember to bring your own sketch pad.


The Internet cloud first appeared in network diagrams in the 1970s and 1980s, where a cloud symbol was used to stand in for the complexity of ways in which information passes through connections between computers. Once the domain of national governments, information infrastructures like ‘the cloud’ are increasingly constructed, operated, and maintained by major multinational corporations. We trust them with our emails and our childhood photographs, our meeting plans and whatever else we use ‘the cloud’ for.

The New Cloud Atlas was initiated by Ben Dalton and geospatial developer Tim Waters with the design and research studio of Amber Frid-Jimenez and Joe Dahmen.

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