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Above the Cloud – Archaeology of Social Networks

Created by Boris Meister at ECALAbove the Cloud is an atlas about social networks archeology, death and digital marks left in distress on the internet. Boris attempts to present the complex subject and, above all, explain it by creating an object – book, both in its structure, images and layout.

I play with the general idea of the atlas and I use different languages (associations of images, illustrations, data visualisation) to create an “atmosphere” favorable to the understanding of the subject, and, in the end, make a book “object” which might have several levels of interpretation.

Over 6 million accounts on Facebook belong to dead people, what Boris refers to as “Ghosts” in the book. Semi-living digital beings that still interact with their “friends” by being tagged in photos or referenced, their profile is regularly updated. One example is one of Taylor Sauer who posted this on facebook 1 minute before she had a car accident and died: “I can’t discuss this now. Driving and facebooking is not safe! Haha.” Others mention last moments before their death, passing or suicide. Large collection of voices of the living dead, filling endless gigabytes of cloud storage.

No plans yet to make this book available for purchase although I highly encourage Boris, and so can you in the comments, to at least make a PDF available for our perusal.

Project Page

Tutors: Jonas Vœgeli & Gilles Gavillet
ECAL / University of Art and Design, Lausanne Switzerland
Bachelor Graphic design

    • Lauren

      Please make a pdf available, Boris!

    • Sam

      i’d love to see a digital version….

    • NewFlesh

      sounds incredible…..I would love to be able to get a hard copy

    • http://www.facebook.com/caroline.oreilly.77128 Caroline O’Reilly

      I would buy this book in a second. Publish it!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Adrianas Adrianas Mata Anaya

      PDF & Book, please!

    • Mark

      Gorgeous! I’d certainly buy one!

    • Katrina

      I’ve been extremely interested in “digital ethnography” and “digital archaeology” for several years now and this book seems amazing. I would purchase both a PDF and hard copy of this book — especially the hard copy. There’s something a little ironic in having all this information live as a physical artifact.

    • Jason Belmonti

      I would pay a king’s ransom for this!

    • http://www.facebook.com/why.do.i.even Kevin Cruz

      I would buy this book so hard.

    • Joanna Thompson

      Please make this so i can buy it!

    • jacob

      i would love to see that

    • Gimpy

      I would buy this book. Please publish, at least electronically.

    • rdg

      I would buy this book. Please publish, at least electronically.

    • fdkjndfjn

      would read the pdf and buy the book!!!