The Day the Earth Caught Data (E1) attempts to develop a fictional narrative about the end of the world. The title is a reference to post-apocalyptic film “The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961); The work depicts a dystopian future scenario, a result of intense human presence and the constant use of digital media that accompanies it. The continuous surveillance practices on the surface of the Earth, the wide spread of mapping applications (geodata apps), as well as the continuous online sharing of self-referential content have a huge share in climate crisis.

The composition consists of satellite images of the area of Exobourgo in Tinos and a screenshot of shared users’ photos in 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  Got Data 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.