All That Is Solid is global city symphony that stars the webcam, its presence revealed through traces and technological artifacts as it indifferently records time passing by. Made entirely from screengrabs from private security webcams accidentally made public through search engines, All That Is Solid depicts the asynchronous time and space of the Internet, where space and image compression meets real time flow of information, time zones are crossed with a mouse click, and the boundaries between private and public disappear as wired private locations joined global public networks. Jumpy, mechanical movement and low-resolution images indicate the limitations of real-time image transfers over networks and remind us of the distance between locations and our visual access.
Fragments from recordings telephone calls made during Lyndon Johnson's presidency intermix with voices from call-in radio programs, and reveal intimate details and fragments of lives, more information traveling without direction across public networks.
All that is Solid is part a series of videos and video installations Bookchin produced between 2005 and 2007, in which she sampled data flows of images from online security webcams from around the world to create portraits of global landscapes.
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