Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

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Join us for a lecture and book launch of the International Cloud Atlas Vol. III (2016, 2nd edition) by Christina Gruber, presented with Deltaworkers.

The International Cloud Atlas Vol. III (2016, 2nd edition) deals with the analog parts in the digital world, in this case water. A digital “cloud” (a network of servers) needs water to cool down its processors to be able to stream data at the highest speeds. The first digital “cloud” is described in the third Volume of the International Cloud Atlas—this specific “cloud” is located in a small village in Upper Austria, Kronstorf. Here, Google purchased land for a future data center. These manifestations of the digital world become visible and add an additional layer on the Earth’s surface. “Digital Water” engages in the relationship the user has with streams of data and the connection to water streams in the “real” world. The virtual world is connected to the most abundant element in the world: water, and gains actual weight. 

According to the World Meteorological Organisation (International Cloud Atlas, 1975) clouds are so called hydrometeors. A meteor is a phenomenon observed in the atmosphere or on the surface of the earth, which consists of a suspension, a precipitation, or a phenomenon of the nature of an optical or electrical manifestation. Clouds consist of minute particles of liquid water or ice, or of both, suspended in the atmosphere and usually not touching the ground. However, a specific cloud does not permanently consist of the exact same particles. Technically speaking, a cloud is not even an object, but an area in the atmosphere reaching over saturation.


Christina Gruber is an artist and freshwater ecologist living and working in Vienna, Austria. She works at the intersection of art and science; her work deals with societal phenomena that shape our world. These relate to the Anthropocene, a concept that describes human beings as the main force changing the earth’s surface. Gruber investigates the effects humans have and had on the landscape and how they’ve shaped the earth’s surface. In the last years water is of special interest to her. She sees it as the element that all things on earth, including humans, have in common. It is the connector between stories of different places and layers, running through everything that exists on this earth, from clouds to datacenters. In New Orleans she will focus on the relationship between the Mississippi river and the people that live in its proximity. 


Deltaworkers is a nomadic artistic production and residence program that investigates the southern states of the U.S. as one of the last mythical places in the West. They host and present European artists from different disciplines in New Orleans, a city that forms the perfect gateway to the south; a region where many of the historical, socio-political and cultural roots of U.S culture can be found.

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