Central Monitor · Central Node was a software, an interface, and a platform to visualize and navigate through what I then called (2011) techno-political imaginaries. The software analyzed thousands of the so-called cables —originally they would have been actual cables, sent using telex technology— leaked by WikiLeaks in late 2010, in what was, among other labels, called the Cable-Gate case: a vast collection of secret or confidential documents that, for decades, US-diplomats sent to their Department of State —the equivalent in the US to a Ministry of Exterior/International Affairs— to inform about the political scenarios and the nature of the networks of power within almost every country in the planet.
The technological development, and then the public leak, of this archive for political intelligence —in the strategic and military sense of the term— showed at least two aspects that this project aimed to explore: first, the massiveness and scope of the networks of power/knowledge that during the 20th century were built, almost exclusively, through telecommunications and information technologies; and second, the role that techno-textuality and techno-writing —that is, technologies of machinic writing— have had in the configuration of political territorialities, and thus of psychic territorialities; in other words, of techno-political imaginaries.
Thus, by being an interface and a platform of observation, the project sought to invite the visitors of the show to witness, to monitor, if not just to explore, the not-so-apparent configuration of these territorialities and these imaginaries.
Resembling an expert-economical-system, the project’s visual interface offers a series of world-map configurations which are based on the amount of references to a certain geographical region in the archive/collection of cables —in the case of Wikileaks, in yellow— or well, on the amount of articles published by the newspapers that partnered with Wikileaks to release these documents —the other colors and tabs in the visual interface—. Hence, the visitor would inevitable witness (see videos below) that, through this techno-textual machinery, some territories exist more than others.
Central Monitor · Central Node was installed and presented for two weeks in the New Wight Gallery at UCLA’s Broad Art Center in May 2011, as part of the MFA in Design Media Arts thesis show.
The software was developed with Processing.