Infinitisme.com Forever A Prototype
Web + collection + installation + digital writing . since 2015
presented as part of the exhibition Dead Web – La fin . curator Nathalie Bachand
> Mapping Festival, Genève, 2019
> Mirage Festival, Lyon, 2019
> Eastern Bloc, Montréal, 2017
Infinitisme.com Forever A Prototype is an ongoing Web project that grows alongside the rest of my practice. It is an autonomous collage machine that generates semi-random virtual compositions by digging into a bank of exhaustively categorized digital files (images, sounds, animated gifs, videos, text, etc). The program activates series of commands that pick files randomly from their specific categories. It then places these organized elements in the Web page canvas, into well-defined compartments, layers and sequences. Each page is structured in a way to match the categories of files that it calls. The site can be explored by common scrolling or clicking actions. The result of every visit is built upon both the rigidity of archival techniques and the impetuosity of chance. The machine puts together some kind of elusive movie that plays endlessly and pointlessly in the deep isolation of the Internet. In its core, the Website has the task to constantly reuse and renew things that already exist. It is a sophisticated dump giving a function to hundreds of gigabytes of latent data. I keep this project floating and don’t plan to ever finish it. Being perpetual, it does not have a final form and is, as such, a documentation of itself. This parallel universe, under nonstop renovation in the virtual space-time, is extirpated from its abstraction when visited by a Web user. Indeed, the presence of a witness may provide a reason to exist to this astonishing quantity of incidental – and somehow private – occurrences that circulate along the real world. In its installation form, the Web project receives visitors on a computer in a narrow, creepy and dark room, behind shelves full of hand-made external hard drives, with blinking LEDs, annoying electronic noise and dangling USB cables. It could be believed that these digital storage devices are actually feeding the Web site’s contents. The micro publication SOME ENCOUNTERS IN INFINITISM is a digital writing exercise that describes what has once been witnessed while browsing www.infinitism.com.