With informational weather, Cloud Services inaugurates new apprehensions of the air that enter into compositions with social experiences. The project is an exploration of the interwoven layers of the infosphere, from the physical and material to the biological, and to cultural – the processes through which we disseminate knowledge, communicate meaning, define our values and beliefs, while, through entanglement of human and natural processes, we physically imprint ourselves in the materiality of the earth.
In explicit integration of informational and material environment, Cloud Services points to the fact that we already have the infosphere in our atmosphere and in our stomachs. The Cloud Services proposal examines materialities of data by conceiving Earth systems as information systems, and presents a scenario for developing a meaningful discussion around the ethical, social and governance issues raised by planetary-scale deployments of communication and control technologies.
Framed as a response to the ecological crisis, it lets us investigate how it might lead to an emergence of new structures of power arising from countering the ideal of speed, access on demand, and operability. With the natural channels of the biosphere becoming the physical infrastructure for transmission and storage of data, access to knowledge is reorganized, and new sets of networked relationships develop. Information arrives when the weather arrives, making the weather, once again, not incidental but essential to our lives. We tune in to the flows of the atmosphere, to the exchanges between the land an the air, to the energy transfers of the planetary system.
Cloud Services is based on research into the role that microorganisms play in the atmospheric biome, and the interactions of this biome with the land, and the weather. The field test of Cloud Services technology was done in Finnish Lapland.