My work is centred around problematic contemporary conditions exacerbated by technology. Recently this has manifest investigations into the simulation argument, climate crisis, and the role of protest in the 21st century, taking form in; writing, architecture, animation and demonstration. I hope to continue this research with critical design collective +44 in the turbulent, yet exciting, decade ahead.
The WiLD Network is a living organism telecommunications system made to mitigate the negative ecological impact of data storage and transmission.
Due to their vast energy consumption, global data centres have the same carbon emissions as the whole aviation industry. This is unsurprising when a 30 minute zoom conversation will emit 303 grams of carbon dioxide into the biosphere, every selfie uploaded to instagram - 5 grams, and the average email - 0.2 grams. The information that is party to every aspect of our lives is driving global temperature rise. As Moore's Law remains true, and the internet become higher fidelity, our information becomes more costly and destructive.
Using trees as antenna, plants for data storage and seeds for archiving and backups, The WiLD Network, shapes technology - which we now cannot live without - to be dependant on nature, and pursues an ontological shift to the maintenance of foliage as we do our beloved machines.
The WiLD Network is applicable anywhere, and anyone is allowed to join. The cosmic-scaled system decentralises and democratises data storage and transmission. A realm of personal power is developing. The WiLD Network allows them to conduct their own education, find their own inspiration, shape their own environment, and share it with whoever is interested.
Subject to both the lowest internet speeds, and the youngest demographic in the Capital, a new planting bed of The WiLD Network is in the Tower Hamlets. Residents water, plant, prune and collect the seeds of the network to fulfil their social obligation and in return, the Wireless Long Distance network offers extremely high internet speeds, unachievable by artificial transmission and storage.
Nature is requisite lens to understand technology. Clouds, streams, web, mice, roots, trees and viruses allow us to explore the intricate landscapes of cyberspace. By exploring the pre-existing relationship between nature and technology the project posits paradigm shifts technology must make to form its strategic dependancy on the living world.
The symbiotic relationship cultivates an information organisation system centred around its climatic context to abolish taxonomical bias, increased encryption of networks through the fragmented mesh network of trees, and hyper-specific resolutions of nature to both record and manifest architectural form and landscape to satisfy our nature-deficit disorder.
By drawing technology back to nature's fragility and timescale, The WiLD Network enacts a self-saving custodianship upon the living world, as we all know; a gardeners work is never done.