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The Pirate Cinema

Installation displays films currently pirated on peer-to-peer networks, sometimes corrupted:

* The Pirate Cinema reveals Peer-to-Peer information flows.
* The Pirate Cinema is a composition generated by the users of Peer-to-Peer networks.
* The Pirate Cinema connects you directly to network flows.


In the context of omnipresent telecommunications surveillance, “The Pirate Cinema” makes visible the hidden activity and geography of Peer-to-Peer file sharing. The project is presented as a control room, which reflects Peer-to-Peer exchanges happening in real time on networks, which use BitTorrent protocol. The installation produces an improvised and syncopated arrangement of files currently in exchange. The immediacy of the presentation of digital data, including fragmented information about source files and their destinations, depicts the topology of digital information use and the global reach of data dissemination.

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Nic Cha Kim

  • 213-290-6290
  • 333 S. Grand Ave. Suite 450, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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