All That is Solid Melts into Data
ADR recording, sound design, and audio mix. 2015.
The 54 minute film traces the evolution of the structures that make-up “the cloud,” the physical repositories for the exponentially growing amount of human activity and communication taking form as digital data. Equal parts building and machine, a library and a public utility, data centers are the unwitting monuments of knowledge production to the digital turn. While our “smart tools” and devices for communication become increasingly smaller, thinner, and sleeker, the physical infrastructure they require grows larger, effecting and shaping the physical landscape and natural resources. This film looks to the materiality of networked technologies in order to elucidate their social, environmental, and economic impact, and call into question the structures of power that have developed out of the technologies of global computation.