Host Not Found: A Traveling Monument to the Suppression of Search

2007 | Photo Montage / Documents | Variable

A collaborative project developed with Markus Miessen which created an unsolicited monument proposal for the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) after an investigation about Internet governance and site blocking politics.
The proposed installation would contain variable configurations of LED screens which display (in real time) blocked or forbidden keywords, search terms and web sites from all over the world. The proposal package was sent to both the ITU and to Google Inc., Itu having ignored the proposal, and Google Inc. having sent a generic postcard response.


Monument rendering – minimal installation


Monument rendering – interior / conference installation


Monument rendering – elaborate exterior installation


Proposal cover letter sent to Google Inc., to request project funding in a self critical gesture


Google Inc.’s response