Date: 2020-01-14to
Time: 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Calit2 Auditorium, gallery@calit2


STREAMING is an exhibition at gallery@calit2 that explores networked culture streams and their ecological and social costs, proposing alternative loops for channeling digital flows and materializing data impacts. The work will be presented in three parts: 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

  • Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Details: Curator's Roundtable at 5:00pm with Jordan Crandall, DELUGE (Stephanie E. Sherman, Ash E. Smith) Robert Twomey, and guests, followed by a 6:00pm reception.
  • Location: Calit2 Auditorium
  • RSVP requested to

Friday, February 7, 2020

  • Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Details: Cultured Data Symposium with keynotes from Shannon Mattern and Jessica Marie Johnson ( At 5:00pm, visitors can participate in a gallery@calit2 walkthrough, followed by a reception.
  • Location: Calit2 Auditorium
  • RSVP requested to

Thursday, March 12, 2020

  • Time: 5:00pm
  • Details: Eco-streaming with Calum Bowden
  • Location: gallery@calit2
  • RSVP requested to

Streaming is a real-time, simultaneous connection, a massive transfer of live data happening around us all the time. It is always on, a persistent flood, a demanding feed with a surfeit supply.

Streaming feels light, but is heavier and more carbon intensive than it seems. In streaming, network infrastructures maintain a continuous connection from end to end, rather than intermittently transmitting self-contained data packages. Digital immediacy is ecologically expensive and energy intensive. Places and populations bear the actual weight of the virtual.

The real costs of transmobile transference and cyber telepathy are typically secret externalities. Current economies — of capital accumulation, of consumer attention, of identity implication — don’t account for the real costs of an ever-increasing need for incessant connection and communication. Live information produces public and private dataset value, while realigning borders and bandwidths, affiliations and divisions. Who bears the cost of streaming? Who profits? Who benefits? Circulation frameworks configure and make visible signals, cycles, and underaccounted secretions.

The cyberstream is shifting proximities. Strangers are getting stranger, becoming data bodies and hyperselves. We want to be closer all the time, adding fragility to complexity. Meanwhile we are pulling further apart. Noise and signals are harder to separate. With an ever unfolding backdrop of mediated liveness, there is less and less silence in the seams of consciousness, less stability in the periphery.

This show is about the sluices and surges of streaming scenes. It features surveillance, selfies, sequences, substrates, and subliminal messages, live and archived. It reroutes network flows to construct an alternate streaming assemblage. Offsets propose a regenerative spiral, a recursive microworld of virtual logics and attempted loops. As you watch, it composes a rough calculus, a cursory geometry of networked expenditure.

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STREAMING is curated by DELUGE (Ash E. Smith + Stephanie E. Sherman) and Robert Twomey. DELUGE is a media-design collusion that creates immersive channels to connect art and culture with science and technology. DELUGE develops performances, publications, propositions, premonitions, prototypes, and play worlds for living and nonliving things. Robert Twomey is an artist and engineer exploring the ways that emerging technologies transform sites of intimate life. 

The exhibit will be available for viewing from January 14, 2020 through March 13, 2020 at the gallery@calit2. The gallery@calit2 is free and open to the public from 12:00pm - 5:00pm daily.