A new, breathtaking, and also alarming installation that is designed to track Internet emissions—that is, the emissions that are associated with our everyday online activity—was recently launched by Dutch artist Thijs Biersteker. The piece is titled MB>CO2.
There are two parts that compromise the installation. On the right-hand side, one may see a spherical terrarium. On the left-hand side, three computers show different computer windows, opened on various well-known and well-used apps and platforms. Internet emissions is a broad term and it includes anything from trading NFTs to video chats and even emails. Thijs Biersteker's digital windows show a Zoom call, a Spotify playlist, and a video. The computers are connected to the sphere via a mini-computer which calculates the emissions associated with each action through an algorithmic process. It puffs the corresponding amount of carbon dioxide gas into the terrarium. The creation shows the impact of Internet emissions on our planet.
Image Credit: Thijs Biersteker
Thijs Biersteker’s Installation Visualizes Internet Emissions
1. Internet Emissions - Opportunity for companies to develop solutions that reduce or offset carbon emissions associated with digital activities.
2. Environmental Awareness Art - Opportunity for artists to create installations that raise awareness about the impact of technology on the environment.
3. Algorithmic Carbon Tracking - Opportunity for tech companies to develop better algorithms for tracking carbon emissions associated with digital activities.
1. Art - Artists have the opportunity to use their work to raise awareness about environmental issues, including the impact of technology on the planet.
2. Technology - Tech companies have the opportunity to develop solutions that reduce or offset carbon emissions associated with digital activities.
3. Sustainability - Sustainability-focused companies have the opportunity to collaborate with tech companies to develop better carbon tracking and reduction solutions for online activities.