bit plane

Bureau of Inverse Technology
Australia/Cayman Islands, 1999
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Image: Bit plane

The bit plane video captures an aero-portrait of a richly mythologised territory - the Silicon Valley in California, birthplace of the modern mouse, the graphic user interface and (at the time of flight), home to the largest concentration of wealth in California since the Gold Rush.

Many of the products and symbols of the new global information economy were generated in Silicon Valley. The bit plane's mission takes it deep into the heart of the Valley, to view the source and progress of the Information Age. Due to its tiny dimensions, the bit plane is able to enter territory inaccessible to other aircraft.

One of the issues the bit plane engages with on this reconnaissance flight is the threat of the camera to information space. Cameras are not permitted into the corporate research parks in the Valley, according to the logic that visitors could steal intellectual property by taking photographs. This reveals an assumption that information is something you can photograph, a thing - not the product of a community or expertise or a social network of shared discourse but something you could steal with a camera.

Dates   Thursday 9 December 2004 - Sunday 13 February 2005
Admission   Free admission
  • part of the proof exhibition
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