Guy Louden, Ark (II), 2019, computer equipment, gold, wikipedia backup, rugged case, custom cloth, rollng plinth.
Preppers often hoard or back-up files they believe will be important if the Internet were to collapse. Guy Louden presents an artwork that imagines such data in a postapocalyptic world. An onine backup of Wikipedia has been made precious in a data-scarce future, becoming a quasi-religious object of worship. The work questions what is valuable about our Information Age — what have we built that is worth saving?
Produced for the exhibition Preppers at Fremantle Arts Centre.