Joana Moll


Spanish digital artist Joana Moll lectures, performs and exhibits her work internationally at world class centres of cultural and technological innovation including the MAXXI, Rome; The Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology, Connecticut; The New School, New York; Oi Futuro Institute, Rio de Janeiro and many more. Moll holds a Master’s degree in Digital Arts from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and is a member of the Scientific and Artistic Committee of the Antiatlas des Frontières. Her work often explores sociopolitical themes, online surveillance and internet culture. A recent project www.ifapa.me offers insight into her exploration of our current selfie-stick, algorithm-ledd culture. She writes IFAPA “is a device for disempowering the users of the world wide web through code, in order to reduce the online community to states of confusion and abject misery. There is a button for instant revolution on every compute: the off power button. Just turn it off. Step outside. Smell the flowers.”

At Connect the Dots 2015, Moll explores the material impact of our combined online communications with CO2GLE, a real-time, net-based installation that displays Google Search’s CO2 emissions, per second, thanks to our global visits to Google.com. The project was inspired by an urge to highlight the invisible connection between actions and consequences when using digital communications technologies. Moll explains “Due to the complex set of actors involved in the configuration and operation of the Internet, it is impossible to determine the exact number of its CO2 emissions, so the data I present here is approximate.

CO2GLE acts as a symbolic agent which seeks to reveal the link between our actions and their material impact on the physical world, and aims to create a mechanism that may trigger thoughts and actions that stimulate and re-appropriate subjectivity. I believe that this is an essential process in the generation of critical thought about the true nature of digital technology, and in the imagination of alternative techno-paradigms which may coherently respond to our environmental and human conditions.”