In the early years of its existence, Internet had left hope in a new era of freedom. This paradigm of freedom had both technological base - its architecture of infinite connections, in witch privacy and anonymity where guaranteed - both institutional base, being born in the United States and enjoying the freedom of speech dictated by the Constitution (First Amendment). Even if Congress and the Clinton administration had tried to legally control the Internet, based on the child protection from pedophilia (Communications Decency Act of 1995 and Child Online Protection Act, 1998), they were always rejected and declared unconstitutional. Today, unfortunately, this freedom is not only questioned, but it’s also violated, even in the “land of freedom": sophisticated control systems are capable of violating the privacy (Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, Lawrence Lessig, 1999). Nonetheless, as in an ecosystem, new forms of freedom are bypassing such forms of control. Especially based on the community: if in the past first was individual to enjoy anonymity and freedom in the network, today these processes have shown a strong social awareness, horizontal and self-managed. Our work is conceptual and is meant to halfway between the immaterial vision of internet and that of the materiality of the society, based on physical protocols of control – first of all on the "fingerprint": this name is invoked as a pun, as well as it seems a game the images representing the play of lights and colors that fingerprints leave on the touchscreens of electronic devices.
FINGER PRINTS (2017)
CAMERA OSCURA - Curated by a.topos, Palazzo Donà Brusa, Venice (2021)