Focussing on the currently most downloaded audio books, the installation at Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (.CHB) summons the fragmented voices and texts that flow around us, offering glimpses of a hidden literary lifeform.
The installation consists of surround sound, projections and printed graphics, highlighting different aspects of P2P transmissions such as geographical distribution, fragmentation, and data genealogy. One of the projection surfaces illustrates the geographical distribution of peers, lighting up when active. Another projection surface displays ongoing transmissions and their gradual assembly.
Activity on both surfaces are synced with sonic fragments travelling across the space. These fragments of recorded voices reflect actual file-shared content as it is gathered and assembled from various locations.
The installation also features a gallery of “family trees”, mounted as prints and visualized on the facade of the building. These ancestry graphs convey the process of assembly in its entirety. Like fingerprints or snowflakes, each transmission is unique. Where the shape of a snowflake depends on temperature and humidity, ancestry trees reflect data fragmentation and the fluctuating swarm of file-sharers participating in the transmission.