STRATAGRIDS presents a new information chart, which is guiding you through humans incomprehensible landscape of info matter in the form of a two-sided foldable poster.
I.O.O.I.A.M.I.H. is an inexhaustive overview of the human efforts to handle the past, present and future production of information. Based on 9 representative examples, a broad spectrum of human operations unfold and reveal the massive – highly incomprehensive – endeavors to create tools and theories which are concerned with the production of ever growing information. The ambitious economic and archival instinct to record, file, store and distribute the steady increase of information via ever-new instruments, materials and methods of info induction, can be observed physically and mentally. Inscribed onto and into the earth surface as well as in deep space, the human info-venture has turned us and our landscape into info-digesting and ordering specialists, which are at the same time able to accept that they will never succeed the quixotic task of keeping all information in a tidy order. The same can of course be said about the editor of this project, who attempted a similar impossible task; to assemble information about information in an information chart by using the most common source to harvest information – the internet – where the original information, extracted for the chart, might have already been morphed or turned into a dead link that is unable to retrieve by now.
A lot of effort has been made in attempt to catch the constant info leakage. Running around with
some kind of device, in order to immortalize the daily data we create. A portable black hole or a
sort of proton pack for civil use – like the Ghostbusters equipment – would be needed to trap the
floating data. Sucking up all there really is (?), all that’s decided to be of use, all that, which has
not yet expired its meaning. As it is known, meaning is lost/altered over time, from bumping into
several meaning-altering-obstacles while speeding further into deep time. < And here lies the three
folded relationship of decay, involving the material, the immaterial and the concept of meaning…
A sophisticated state of the art device built to withhold information, might physically outlast eons,
but as the meaning of an object tends to decay faster than the material the object is made of, it is
striped of its content and stands around bare naked.
A certain material (let’s say a copper chest) might continue to life into quadrillions of uncertain
ages, but it is very unlikely that any future species will know what a copper chest is, means or
does. The same would then of course apply to the immaterial stuff that is kept in the box. Even
though – or precisely just because – the future species would have no idea of what they are dealing
with, the undefined shiny brownish thing might still end up in a future museum, canonized for its
absent meaning. Or (!), possibly future species will have overcome the notion of meaning, and
with it, abandoned the compulsion of collecting and ordering meaning > disguised as information
> disguised as objects > disguised as commodity.
If each time and moment has its appropriate compulsion, as Jane Bennett suggests*, hoarding
might be the appropriate madness for us, for a political economy devoted to overconsumption.
Then future societies might be plagued (or blessed) with conditions of excessive non-meaning
endeavors. Maybe a society devoted to some sort of all-over bibliophagy (compulsive book-eating)
or bibliotaphy (compulsive book-burying).
(Text excerpt from the chart)
The poster can be attained for a compensation of 5 € at AKV Berlin publishing production or by writing us a mail under firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Jane Bennett, Powers of the Hoard: Further Notes on Material Agency,
in Animal, Mineral, Vegetable: Ethics and Objects, 2012 p.261