Sun Thinking – First exhibition on the Solar Protocol network

Sun Thinking is the first exhibition to be launched on the Solar Protocol network. It will be viewable at the following URL as of Saturday the 22nd of April.

Sun Thinking is an online group show that brings together artists and writers to explore some of the themes and questions central to the Solar Protocol. It includes new commissioned work, alongside experimental projects and texts that critically and playfully explore the qualities and characteristics of solar power as a medium, the materiality of computation, designing within planetary limits, and environmental perspectives on intelligence.

Artists and contributors are: Hakeem Adam, honor ash, Stephanie Dick, Marloes de Valk, Rory Gillen and Anna Madeleine Raupach, Felix Lenz, Mark Anthony Hernández Motaghy, Jen Liu, Kristin Lucas and Joe McKay, Anne Pasek, Allison Parrish, Everest Pipkin, Brian Sutherland, Roopa Vasudevan, Denzel Wamburu and Alice Yuan Zhang.

Curatorial team: Tega Brain, Alex Nathanson, Benedetta Piantella and Kate Silzer.

We will be launching the exhibition in a  Saturday, April 22nd, from 12pm-2pm EST in a hybrid event (in person in Brooklyn, NYC and online). Details are here.

Solar Protocol consists of a network of small scale solar powered servers. We have developed custom networking software so that they can host a web platform that is generated and sent out from whichever server is in the most sunshine. In this way, the sun “programs” the network, determining how routing and computational work is distributed. We work with a diverse and distributed community of stewards who have installed and hosted servers in different locations and time zones across the world. The project is many things: it’s an experiment in community-run planetary-scale computing, it’s an artwork that poetically reimagines internet infrastructure, it’s an education platform for teaching about internet materiality, it’s a bespoke distributed cloud –perhaps what might be called a “data non-center”, and as this exhibition shows, it’s also a virtual, solar powered artist-run space.

Solar Protocol is a collaborative project by myself, Alex Nathanson, Benedetta Piantella and all of our stewards. Supported by a Mozilla Creative Media Award and the Integrated Design and Media department at New York University.

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