'Architecture of the Internet' is a project which aims to give the internet physical form and celebrate the establishments and people that aided it's invention. It does this by adopting the language of prayer mats and reconverting them to the dimensions of mouse mats, acting as a metaphor for the Internet being a religion of which we are all "followers".
The project uses cryptic symbols that adhere to the aesthetic of computer circuitry, these symbols represent various aspects of the buildings that aided the Internet or human communication in the digital era. The mats utilise NFC stickers so that the glyphs can be uncovered and redirect users to informative websites that communicate what is being depicted and bring the project full circle. The project maintains it's religious undertones through events such as (left) of the first message ever sent between two routers an event which is considered to be "The Birth of the Internet" by professor Leonard Kleinrock of UCLA. The comparative here is clear, mimicking the religious undertones of the Internet's users and drawing parallels between the significance of the birth of Christ.
The medium of prayer mats also became surprisingly more relevant as the project continued, as I had wanted to use the architecture of these buildings to give the internet physical form. Many prayer mats often use the centre of the mat to depict the architecture of mosques, this reinforced the mats as religious tools depicting what would be the Internet's places of worship, the shape of the various buildings in which key events occurred.
Architecture of the Internet was exhibited at The Muse gallery on Portbello Road throughout July & August 2018.