Joana Moll (ES)
net-based installation, 2015
CO2GLE and DEFOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOREST are two net based pieces that speculate on the material impact of the Internet on the ecosystem. 40% of the Internet’s total carbon footprint may be attributed to the design of a web site. According to recent studies, Internet is responsible for the 2% of CO2 of global emissions, more than that of the aviation industry. It takes 13 kWh to transmit 1GB of information, the equivalent of 7,07 kg. of CO2. Google.com is the most visited site on the Internet, with an average of 58.000 visits per second. While CO2GLE displays the amount of CO2 generated by the global visits to google.com every second, DEFOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOREST shows the number of trees needed to absorb the amount of CO2 derived from the overall visits to the search engine per second. Both projects have been created with the aim to explore visual strategies able to trigger thoughts and actions capable to highlight the invisible connections between actions and consequences when using digital communication technologies.
Joana Moll (ES), born in 1982, is an artist and a researcher from Barcelona. Her work critically explores the way post-capitalist narratives affect the alphabetization of machines, humans and ecosystems. Her main research topics include Internet materiality, surveillance, online tracking, critical interfaces and language. She has lectured, performed and exhibited her works in different museums, art centers, universities, festivals and publications around the world. Furthermore, she is the co-founder of the Critical Interface Politics Research Group at HANGAR [Barcelona], co-founder of The Institute for the Advancement of Popular Automatisms and member of the Scientific and Artistic Committee of the antiAtlas des Frontières. She is currently a visiting lecturer at Potsdam Universität and Escola Superior d’Art de Vic (Barcelona).