The Day the Earth  Caught Data
unfolds in a series of several episodes that attempt to create  fictional narratives about the end of the world, using different tourist locations. The material is from online sources, using primarily photos that the visitors share, developing in interactive installations.
The title is a reference to post-apocalyptic film “The Day the Earth Caught Fire” (1961) and each episode suggests dystopian scenarios, aftermaths of intense human presence and the constant use of digital media that accompanies it.  A recent Guardian article wrote: “Sites are nothing more than the backdrop for our selfies” Constant surveillance practices on Earth’s surface, frequent use of  mapping apps, as well as incessant sharing self-referential content online, compliments tourism’s already significant part in climate crisis. Is it then that the end of the world might come from our own visual representations in our effort to keep it alive and real?

Episode 1 of The Day the Earth  Caught Data was a site-specific installation  in the island of Tinos. It consisted of Google Earth  satellite images of the area of Exobourgo in Tinos and a screenshot of shared users’ photos in Google Street View  Photosphere. The work brings attention to the prominence of the specific location and the multiple references it carries through the traces of ancient ruins, religious symbols, satellite antennas, and other human interventions and signals. The installation simulates a sanctuary that has been created by the last remnants of humankind to appease nature or perhaps to declare their presence there inscribing a final imprint or even performing an ultimate attempt of communication.

The Day the Earth  Caught Data (E1) was part of The Nightmare of Persephonegroup exhibition, in Tinos, Greece, 5-6 July 2023, organised by Kairos Politismou, curated by Christoforos Marinos and Christos Chryssopoulos.