~ tangible intangible ~
Andrea Macias-Yañez is a visualist, 3d artist and maybe architect -- swimming between the real and unreal world of the virtual -- based in Berlin
*A Gusto Production*
A collaboration with artist Ben Schumacher, we designed a bath house that made tangible the infrastructure between bodies and data. Server racks were encased in a vitrine, whose intense warm exhaust was applied as a primary heat source. Water from the baths and showers were then used to cool the servers, allowing for the bodies to bathe in the warmth that made their virtual lives possible. Our predilection for saving, archiving and inability to forget has become an energy burden on the earth. There is an increasing need to store and maintain our data in the cloud no matter how inconsequential it may be. Even in its most reduced form, information, which we once very recently considered to be immaterial and light can be turned into an object which is heavy and emits energy just as our bodies do. Through the act of saving our information, communication becomes energy and capital. But this process mostly hidden from view, the data centers are in the north or on ships in the ocean concealing from view our waste material and energy. This building reveals that even something as basic as water can directly be turned into energy and is a direct relation to the social body and the ancient ritual of bathing..