Exhibition, Ljubljana

The Pirate Cinema


The Pirate Cinema makes the hidden activity and geography of Peer-to-Peer file sharing visible. The project is presented as a monitoring room, which shows Peer-to-Peer transfers happening in real time on networks using the BitTorrent protocol. The installation produces an arbitrary cut-up of the files currently being exchanged. This immediate and fragmentary rendering of online activity, with information concerning its source and destination, thus depicts the topology of digital media consumption and uncontrolled content dissemination in a connected world.

The Pirate Cinema is based on a data interception software. It reveals, through a simple diversion, different aspects of exchange platforms, such as the global and multi-situated nature of Peer-to-Peer networks (P2P), the potential for viral transmission, and alternative social models. Its purpose is to make available for aesthetic exploration the pre-existing potentials of Peer-to-Peer architectures. The installation of The Pirate Cinema relies on an automated system that constantly monitors the most viewed torrents. The intercepted data is immediately projected onto a screen, after which it is discarded. The 3 screens installation at Aksioma project space visualizes fragmentary files received and sent all over the world.

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21 January – 20 February 2015
Aksioma | Project Space


Nicolas Maigret