Urban Data Forest
In Urban Data Forest, we reconsider long term data archiving and storage, by providing a future vision on how the exponential storage capacity growth of DNA data storage could look like. It investigates the potential of trees as a storage place for data and reflects on what type of data should be stored in this ‘biological cloud’ and how that influences urban planning and social cohesion.
DNA data storage
Point of Entry :
Po Informing the Environmental Vision of The Hague 2050
Ar Speculative movie installation
Sc Plant genome size linked to data storage formula
Input for the Environmental Vision of The Hague 2050
As case study, and locus of speculative implementation, the project investigated how a different type of data storage would influence the urban planning in the city of The Hague. These insights feed into their research on the Environmental Vision of 2050.
ARTICLE> Ways of Seeing “Statement 2: Trees can be the living archives of collective memories, offering people a place to root”
Speculative movie installation
A short speculative movie installation, featuring two narratives, developed in two scenarios for the Urban Data Forest.
Plant genome size linked to data storage formula
As outcome of the collaboration with Witteveen+Bos, native species in the Netherlands are identified and their genome capacity is translated into storage capacity.
How can reforming human associations with seemingly immaterial digital data, create opportunities to reimagine the nature of cities? Through Urban Data Forest, Grow Your Own Cloud enlarges the scope of previous work in the realm of DNA data storage. While previously focusing on plant-based data storage, this new work seeks to create an ecosystem enacting a regenerative and multispecies space in The Hague to rethink data archiving.
‘Urban Data Forest reimagines the city as a site of data storage in plants and trees. It explores the possibility of how DNA data storage technology could transform urban spaces, bringing nature and data back to the city. The project investigates how synthetic biology can help establish regenerative green data infrastructure; a universal biological cloud capable of capturing carbon dioxide and storing digital data. Two types of Urban Data Forest are proposed: ‘The Breathing Museum’ which serves to archive public and cultural data, and ‘Living Archives’ which are forests primarily dedicated to citizens as facilities in which they can store their personal data.’
Text by: Manuel Ciraqui in booklet RETOOL exhibition
February 2022 – December 2022
Witteveen+Bos was as a residency host. The project was part of the S+T+ARTS Regional Centers project Repairing the Present and has received funding from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement LC01641664.