The Pirate Cinema (Online) by Nicolas Maigret

The hidden activity and geography of real-time peer-to-peer file sharing via BitTorrent is revealed in The Pirate Cinema, an online piece by Nicolas Maigret. In this monitoring room, omnipresent telecommunications surveillance gains a global face, as the program plunders the core of restless activity online, revealing how visual media is consumed and disseminated across the globe.

This live work produces an arbitrary mash-up of the BitTorrent files being exchanged in real time, based on the traffic of the Pirate Bay’s top100 videos. These fragmentary contents in transit are monitored, transforming BitTorrent network users (unknown to them) into contributors to an endless audio-visual composition.

The official release of the co-commission will happen on January 20th 2015 in Hull (UK) during the conference Digital Utopias, an Arts Council initiative curated by Abandon Normal Devices as a trailblazer event for Hull City of Culture 2017.

Co-commissioned by: Abandon Normal Devices (UK), Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana (SI) and Kunsthal Aarhus (DK)

Developed with the support of (A) and (F)

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