RELiable COMmunications (2013-2014)

Derived from the pre-World Wide Web Soviet computer network RELCOM, the title “RELiable COMmunications” evokes network surveillance, online communications and the likes of Wikileaks. Yuri Pattison’s online project is a patchwork of content related to the 1991 Soviet coup attempt, updates from news sources posted on Internet Relay Chat (IRC) during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Chelsey Manning and Adrian Lamo’s 2010 exchanges on Jabber chat, as well as the meteorite fall in Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia in 2013. Mixing references, facts, fiction and multiple time periods into one scrollable page, RELiable COMmunications embodies the Internet’s power to influence history and perceptions.