World Brain (2015)

Part scientific treatise, part ethnographic documentary (two formats whose conventions it mocks), World Brain presents the world of information as a central nervous system comparable to the organ that defines human beings and allows for universal connectedness. The monumental architecture of data centres is highlighted with its servers, cables, wires, fibres, plugs, and connections. Degoutin and Wagon allow us to see — in a not-too-distant future — the various changes in perspectives brought about by the proliferation of digital platforms as well as their uses and excesses. The work appears in three parts: an interactive website, a movie, and an installation.