The Blue Dot

Contemporary archives are increasingly based off databases located in vast underground storage facilities, saturated by incommensurable amounts of data. If the Internet has provided us with increasing access to knowledge through its digital reproduction and distribution, what is the real value of information in this digital era? This video installation explores the poetic intricacies of digital archives and memory, using the Internet Archive and its servers as a departing point. The metaphor of the blue dot, a real time sign of user interaction with the largest digital library in the world, acquires significance through an exploration of different metaphors of the cosmos, water, fluidity, and the origins of knowledge itself.