We are all aware of the physical manifestation and vast energy consumption of the internet, revealed through the data centre; a windowless hum of silicone and copper constructed in semi-rural environments. But what evidence are there of the digital platforms that rely on this superstructure?
Data-hungry tech giants incite the growth of an unseen technological social production. In an age of accelerated computational reliance, digital platforms have pervaded our homes and workplaces, controlling what we consume and when in the pursuit of capital.
Networks of information carry with them the threads of social and financial contracts revealing a new kind of high-speed international, or ‘extra’-national, politics. We are entering a world in which the digital architectures of efficiency, data yielded averages and algorithmic determinism are producing a machine centred and global minded morality.
This year SOS_19 will focus its research on uncovering evidence of these opaque systems and relationships. The digital revolution has had a very physical and social transformative capacity; change which has been so far overlooked by much of contemporary architectural discourse. Students will begin their investigations through a series of studies into digital platforms before launching into a 2 part workshop coordinated by the collectives The Rodina and (Ab)Normal.
The course will follow a 2 week speculative design methodology, with guidance by tutors throughout the process. A detailed brief and timetable will follow a successful application which closes on Friday 24th May.
The City of a Hundred Nations (2018). Kishan San (SOS Co Founder).