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The Magi System, Exploring the Aesthetics of Network Infrastructure #15

getrichnever opened this issue Jun 28, 2019 · 0 comments


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commented Jun 28, 2019


Type: Artwork/Animation
Length: looping two channel video
Language: English
Description: The Magi system is a two channel animation which explores the aesthetics of network infrastructure. There has been a recent trend of users posting pictures of server racks and network wiring on forums like reddits r/Cableporn and r/Cablefail. These images have spread out and proliferated on hashtag based platforms like Instagram and Pinterest. This project uses images and themes from these platforms as a starting point to investigate popular conceptions of how we visualise network infrastructure.

This animation is currently a work in progress, but will be ready by the time of this conference.

Session Objective

-Exploring popular notions of the aesthetics of network infrastructure

Material and Technical Requirements

My preference would be to show this work on two screens or projectors, however this work could be formatted as a single channel or show interstitially between presentations.


Name: Tobias Williams

Presenter Bio

Tobias Williams is an artist and educator based out of Toronto Canada. He has an MFA from York University and currently works as an instructor at OCAD U, Humber College and Toronto School of the Arts. His art and research practice uses 3d animation to explore the intersection between art, society and technology. Recent projects of his have focused on topics such as the history of the Blockchain, hashtag aesthetics and the ontology of virtual art spaces.

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