openstreetmap imagery offset database
glosses over the issues with package managers, the issues faced by every. data. repository. ever., the issues with package maintainers, and the hilarity that ensues every time anyone mentions data publication.
and that’s before you even get to what happens when the data in the package is like some multi-terabyte raster collection.
some people just want to watch the world burn.
A Thousand Exhausted Things - Elevator Repair Service, at The Museum of Modern Art, performing a reading of the collections database
By using such a non-conventional form to engage with the collections database, we’re asking the audience to think of the database as not just a myriad of rows and columns, but as a cultural artifact. The collection is shown as not only a record of the museum’s history, but of changing trends in contemporary art. It also allows a way for the artworks themselves to engage with one and other in a fashion which is outside the usual curatorial limitations.
database of telescopes created prior to 1775
10 kg From the New Factory
Readymade art at the Transmediale Festival in Berlin by Sebastian Schmieg and Johannes P Osterhoff, featuring a box of destructed hard drives from one of Google’s data centers:
A box of destructed hard-drives we received from Google’s data center in Saint-Ghislain, Belgium.
The origin for our interest in these objects was Google’s own documentation Datacenter’s Inside Look – depictions of spacious, cool server farms in saturated Google colors.
A photograph of this series shows destructed hard drives, the data centers’ material basis. For us, they are the fundamental elements, facilitating services and interfaces which are used for our modern communication and the organization of knowledge.
In their disassembled and dysfunctional state, as an afterglow of the data center factory, they remain loaded with meaning and provide not only a glimpse behind the shiny interface layer of Google’s applications, but also point to the actual sites of digital life.