Nonstate actors have become the primary agents of global politics. Operating across sovereign states, they do not trace their legitimacy to territorial control, relying instead on networks of virtual communities.

To a far greater degree than nation-states, they are empowered by the fluid, decentralized networks of telecommunication infrastructures. Nonstates dissolve the political definitions of territories, undermining a state's ability to protect property, regulate commerce, and manage cultural interaction. Borders break down, and the landscape becomes a field of networked activity.

This project proposes a cartography of the networked landscape. Mapped by roving network observatories, geolocation databases and IP addressing define flows over a topography of ping-times, bandwidth, fiber infrastructures, and eroding political boundaries. The ephemeral flows of network activity become visible, and the landscape begins to bear the traces of a digital ecology.

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BRAVE NEW NOW 2013

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BRAVE NEW NOW 2013
Princeton Shool of Architecture Graduate studio coordinated by Visiting Professor Liam Young. The 2013 studio was developed with Ivan Poupyrev of Disney research and motion workshops by OLGV. BRAVE NEW NOW students were Alastair Stokes,…


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BRAVE NEW NOW 2013
Princeton Shool of Architecture Graduate studio coordinated by Visiting Professor Liam Young. The 2013 studio was developed with Ivan Poupyrev of Disney research and motion workshops by OLGV. BRAVE NEW NOW students were Alastair Stokes, Gina Morrow, Jamie Kwan, Jose Meza, Ruiqing Li, Shota Vashakmadze, Sonia Flamberg, Tyler Hopf, Yang Li, Yshai Yudekovitz, Zigeng Wang.

We have always imagined the spaces and environments of a day yet to come. As we flick through the catalogues of yesterday’s tomorrows we see starry spaceship skies, moon base futures, jet pack ray guns, food in pill form, flying cars and xray specs and we wonder whatever happened to the futures we were promised. In these polemic visions we furnish the fictional spaces of tomorrow with objects and ideas that at the same time chronicle the contradictions, inconsistencies, flaws and frailties of the everyday. These visions of what’s to come do not merely anticipate but actively shape technological futures through their effects on the collective imagination. This capacity for a fictional project to simultaneously reflect the current condition while suggesting the possibility of the next is what drives our engagement with these visions of the future. BRAVE NEW NOW slips suggestively between the real and the imagined to present filmic fragments of the near future city.

In 2013 the studio followed the fibre optic cables and traversed the anonymous corridors of big box server farms to uncover the physical infrastructures of the internet. As the cooling fans spin and the LED’s flicker the BRAVE NEW NOW speculated on our future relationships to data.

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