The linguistic image of data streams that irrigate, so to speak, our information society purports to be graphic. But what do the life veins of the digital world really look like? Long before the Internet became part of almost everyone’s daily routine, Henrik Spohler set out as if on an expedition to explore the jungle that lay behind it. What he came upon was a clinically-clean world – the sameness of steel boxes enlivened only by the colourful vines of cable bundles. Cold neon light transforms the deserted technical rooms into a kind of spaceship world: the images reveal the monotony of the technology behind the cacophony of information, exposing just how »constructed« everything we have already accepted as almost natural components of our life in ‘Digitaly’ really is. Yet these images are in no way anti-technology. Instead they convey the ambiguous fascination of that unknown sphere beyond the colourful monitor screen, where there are no briskly flowing visible rivers, but only servers quietly soughing.
Edition Braus, 2004, ISBN 978-3-9809677-9-2
Text by Hubertus von Amelunxen, english/deutsch
56 pages, 20 colour plates, hardcover, 30,5 x 24,5 cm