The insertion of data into the DNA is developed, amongst other reasons, to solve the problem of data storage. 1 gram of DNA is capable of storing up to 700 terabytes of data. This scientific development could provide alternative uses and novel ways of exposure of data.
The Sewer Cloud project explores the possibilities of this discovery and how people in urban areas could use it.
The Sewer Cloud is a living, self-reproducing data network in the sewerage system of London. This living network is based on the insertion and extraction of data into the algae species Anabaena bacteria, which lives in water.
Data insertion and extraction out of algae could be regarded as a ‘grey area’ act; it would be legal to do so, but a lot of content that one could find in this network could be illegal. Corner shops would be providing machines where the extractions and insertions would take place.
This project is part of the Post Cyberwar series.
Production assistant: Marcel Helmer
Booklet design: Henrik Nieratschker
Stench pipes provide access points to the sewerage system
Overview of a corner shop and access points
Accessing the sewer system and obtaining algae
Data extraction from and insertion into algae at the local corner shop