Pera Museum presents Katherine Behar: Data’s Entry, the first museum survey exhibition of this New York-based artist who moves fluidly between sculpture, performance, video, and writing. Behar is drawn to the often confounding—and sometimes rebellious—ways that people and technologies manage to coexist in digital labor.
Through the exhibition, we will be sharing detailed information about the artworks. This week we are sharing “Data Cloud”, inspired by the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Anatolian Weights and Measures Collection.
The word data first appeared in English in the phrase “a heap of data” in 1646. The word cloud dates to ninth-century Old English, when, spelled clúd, it meant a “mass of rock” or “hill.”
Today we imagine cloud computing and data as immaterial, but Data Cloud (A Heap, A Mass, A Rock, A Hill) renders them physically as a mound of keyboard keys. In this imagined interface, each key represents a singular input point or datum, but en masse they take on an analog dimension, becoming weighty, unwieldy, and grounded.