This is a map of the internet, as created by Barrett Lyon and hung in MOMA. It’s really about ‘making visual representations of metaphysical spaces’. The accompanying sign gave me pause for thought: ‘(this) is one step in being able to generate movies of the internet’s activity.’
Which sparked a possibly obvious but mad thought: is the internet the first human invention that has developed beyond our ability to map, to see, to put in a box? It exists but we cannot yet ‘capture it on film’. That’s pretty heavy – a bit like how we’ve created Gods in ancient cultures yet nobody knows for sure what they actually look like.
Anyway, projects such as this are part of a wider trend to make the invisible visible. It ties to information graphics having such a huge resurgence and the strengthening relationship between science, art and design. It is also pertinent to humble branding; a way to make vague promises of corporate responsibility for example, into graspable and beautiful images (or visual equities).
It’s just a matter of finding a kindred corporate spirit who wants to visualise their soul and infrastructure – which might be more of a challenge than mapping the internet.