WHITE SPOTS (2015 - 2019) white-spots.net
Digital networks are expanding. Places without cell phone reception or Wi-Fi connection are increasingly hard to find. The remaining White Spots on the digital map will soon disappear, leaving no place on earth unconnected. But what is happening off the grid? White Spots is a collaborative multimedia project by information designer Richard Vijgen, documentary filmmaker Bregtje van der Haak, and visual artist Jacqueline Hassink (+). Working in various media, they explore unwired landscapes and lifestyles, questioning the need to be always connected in one seamless, planetary Tech-Topia. At the occasion of TXXII, filmmaker Bregtje van der Haak and Rob Schröder worked together to remix stories from 32 places off the grid. While scarcely populated areas experience low connectivity for economic reasons, this new film also shows surprising stories of a deliberate lack of connectivity inside some of the world's most intensely networked digital hubs.
White Spots app (Richard Vijgen)
Ubiquity (Bregtje van der Haak/BaldrFilm&VPRO)
Offline is the New Luxury (VPRO Backlight)
Unwired Landscapes (Jacqueline Hassink/Hatje Cantz)