The Pirate Cinema [concert]

Conception: Nicolas Maigret | Software development: Brendan Howell [2012-2014]

The hidden activity and geography of real-time peer-to-peer file sharing via BitTorrent is revealed in The Pirate Cinema..

In this monitoring room, omnipresent telecommunications surveillance gains a global face, as the artist plunders the core of restless activity online, revealing how visual media is consumed and disseminated across the globe.

Each act of this live work produces an arbitrary mash-up of the BitTorrent files being exchanged, in real time, in a specific media category, including music, audio books, movies, porn, documentaries, video games and more. These fragmentary contents in transit are browsed by the artist, transforming BitTorrent network users (unknown to them) into contributors to the audio-visual composition that is The Pirate Cinema.

"it’s like Taylor Swift, Bruce Willis, Dr. Who, and a healthy heaping of orgasms all thrown into a blender. . . If you consider the Internet a place, what a kaleidoscopic landscape it is." —Seattle Weekly
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