A quiet desert failure
filling the data centers of tumblr and leaving the desert behind. One post a time.
A quiet desert failure is an ongoing algorithmic performance by Guido Segni started in 2013 and publicly presented 2015 in the context of The Wrong - New Digital Art Biennale.
In its own way, it’s a monumental piece about internet contents, emptiness, time, storage, memory, oblivion and - ultimately - failure.
I programmed an Internet bot to traverse the datascape of Google Maps in order to fill a Tumblr blog and its datacenters with a remapping representation of the whole Sahara Desert, one post a time, every 30 minutes.
The whole performance will approximately take 50 years to be completed, but it is still not clear if the audience, the Google’s servers, the tumblr archive or the Internet itself will last enough to see the end.
So, be patient, don’t hurry.
The desert is coming.
The tumblr archival performance
Fabio Angeli, Lorenzo Del Grande
The Wrong Pavillion
Special thanks to
Florian Kuhlmann & Digital3mpire