Stefan Skripak

Designer, Artist and Technologist

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The Nature of Internet




“The Nature of Internet” is a piece that strives to bring necessary attention to the increasing environmental cost of bandwidth-heavy internet use. The centerpiece is a USB-connected device which in its default state cools the literal mini iceberg inside. However when the user of the connected computer visits a website requiring significant bandwidth, the device switches to heating mode, causing the iceberg to quickly melt. As it melts into the lower electronics, water eventually accumulates to the point that a simulated short circuit is triggered, rendering the connected computer inoperable. In this way the device also illustrates the self-destructive nature of environmentally unfriendly activity. And to make the entire message explicit, a connected display streams the raw data being sent and received.