Flash Art: Data Matter

The world is drowning in data.
Every second, 2.8 million emails are sent, 30,000 phrases are Googled, and 600 updates are tweeted. The amount of data uploaded to the Internet in a single second is a staggering 24,000 gigabytes. Propelled by the Internet of Things, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created each day. This figure grows exponentially. In fact, ninety per cent of the world’s data was generated just in the last two years. While our datafied existences progressively evaporate to bytes and remote connections, the material, environmental, and spatial consequences of data production and consumption remain largely unanticipated.