World Wide Mind
Edition 1 of 1 There is an invisible layer of our everyday reality made up of signals traveling through space at high speed. It keeps a record of almost all human history known to us, creating a shared memory. Every single input to this global nervous system is like a neural activation with the potential to create chain reactions. Some of them are like blinking flashlights disappearing into the dark void of the web, unconsciousness. Some propagate further into every corner of this massive, interconnected living entity that is ever-changing. By using internet routes visualization data that is collected over the last 24 years, this artwork reflects on the evolution of global information exchange and depicts the futuristic vision of the network that becomes increasingly connected, intelligent and decentralized. Internet IP address space has been traditionally represented by drawing lines from one point to another on a 2D plane symbolizing the flow of information. World Wide Mind is an invitation to see the web in this different light. The curving and twisting lines of the constant information flow in an infinitely dynamic network that connects anyone who wants to be linked is beginning to resemble biological form on a colossal scale. Collectively, we are growing a mind into existence. Will the human mind be able to co-evolve with its own creation?