Ping Map (2011...)


PING MAP is a world map that uses network access time as its unit of measure. Whereas internet giants are gradually dominating states’ powers, information superhighways and default web portals are in the process of conditioning a new hierarchy in information flows and mapping out a landscape that is specific to the Internet. PING MAP invites us to reconsider in a poetic and technical manner the very notion of world geography in the era of the Internet, high frequency trading, submarine cables and other forms of automated routing.
Set against this digital backdrop, the main measure of distance simply becomes the transmission time between servers and terminals. The new territorial and spatial structure formed by these digital transits reconfigures the positions of the countries of the world by projecting the better connected territories to the centre of an ever denser map and by forcing the slowest, most fragile and instable territories to the edges of the map, thereby forming a connectivity ghetto of sorts.
Based on a simple IT request, the ping command, this project measures the response time of the government websites of the 193 countries belonging to the UN in order to deduce their virtual distance on the ‘network.’
This live and critical mapping is based on the flow of data blocks which take on the function of distance probes in digital space. Given the constant state of flux of the network routes that are used, PING MAP charts a vibrant, constantly evolving and constantly redefined world geography.

Conception: Nicolas Maigret & (2011)
Development: Ivan Murit
Early researches: with Nicolas Montgermont