Tangible Cloud

Tangible Cloud gathered thirty people from different backgrounds (artists, designers, philosophers, economists, etc.) in two worksessions, which took place in May and June 2022 in Brussels. Together, they tried to imagine, through artistic practices, counter-narratives to the mainstream vision of digital: cloud computing.

A set of interviews was conducted with all participants in December 2023, follwing the worksessions, and a resitution of all the production was set in March 2023, at the KBK Gallery in Brussels.

This project was supported by ÉSA Le 75 and FRArt. It was initiated by Alex Leray, Antoine Gelgon, Romain Marula and Marianne Plano.

Counter-Narratives Worksession 18 - 21 May 2022 Green Fabric
Technological Myths Worksession 21 - 25 June 2022 Green Fabric
Tangible Cloud at KBK Exhibition 3 - 5 March 2023 Galerie KBK
Cloud Computing as Infrastructure en Seda Gürses Counter-Narratives Lecture
Infrables en The Institute for Technology in the Public InterestStevie Ango, Clyde Lepage Counter-Narratives Tangible Cloud at KBK Collective writting Performance Interview
Re-Used Infrastructure en Dennis de Bel Counter-Narratives Presentation Interview
Artistic Operating Systems
+ Digital Slöjd
en Brendan Howell Counter-Narratives Presentation Workshop Interview
Contingent Librarian en Simon Browne Counter-Narratives Presentation Interview
Life-Cycle Assessment as the Structure en Benjamin Gaulon Counter-Narratives Presentation Interview
From Appropriate Technology
to Permacomputing
en Marloes de Valk Counter-Narratives Tangible Cloud at KBK Presentation Workshop Interview
Parer à l’imprésentable fr Adrien Payet Counter-Narratives Lecture Interview
Mining the Cloud en Sofia Boschat-Thorez Counter-Narratives Presentation Interview
Impacts environnementaux du numérique
+ Métaphores visuelles et enjeux de matérialité
fr Thomas Thibault Counter-Narratives Presentation Workshop Interview
The Magical Relation to AI or
How to Live With Technical Alienation
en Tyler Reigeluth Technological Myths Presentation Interview
Perception as infrastructure,
the case of computer vision
en Nicolas Malevé Technological Myths Presentation Interview
Everyone everywhere all at once
+ Be? Here? Now?
en Dasha Ilina Technological Myths Tangible Cloud at KBK Presentation Workshop Interview
Atlas of the Cloud
+ World Brain
fr Stéphane Degoutin Technological Myths Presentation Projection Interview

Atlas of the Cloud
+ World Brain

Stéphane Degoutin

Presentation Projection Interview

Altlas of the Cloud

An overview of the artist’s work

Everyone is kept under the illusion of living in the centre of a huge cloud, from which information, products, ready-made meals, drivers, potential relationships fall as if by magic... All information, all things, all people are accessible in a click. Every desire is fulfilled, every action optimized.

However, in reality, this cloud is anything but immaterial.

What seems immaterial is in reality based on infrastructures, heavy, immense, expensive and polluting;
What seems to be volatile is in reality heavy;
What seems algorithmic is actually based on click workers and/or ubiquitous worker;
What seems fluid is actually perennial and hegemonic;
What seems practical is actually extractivist;
What seems innovative is actually toxic;
What seems free is actually expensive;

Extract from ‘Atlas of the Cloud’, a project by Stéphane Degoutin and Gwenolla Wagon.

Atlas of the Cloud, Stéphane Degoutin & Gwenolla Wagon, 72 sheets, 48 x 35 cm, color, 2021

World Brain


World Brain is at the same time a cinematographic essay, an online map and a video installation. It proposes an excursion through the folklore and the beliefs related to the Internet. It explores the hidden stories of data centers, animal magnetism, goes back to the original myths of the Web, looks at the inner life of rats, experiments with natural communication networks, of a group of researchers trying to survive thanks to Wikipedia, connecting kittens with stones...


Stéphane Degoutin and Gwenola Wagon investigate by searching the Internet, drift in the space of hyperinformation, tell post-cybernetic fables, tinker with alternative lifestyles, create films, books and installations.

Unfuck Nature with a Click:
Green Tech, Smart, Porn, & a bunch
of Technosolutionism
en Davide Bevilacqua Technological Myths Lecture Interview
Plonger dans la machine fr Lionel Maes Technological Myths Lecture Interview
Nuage Sensible fr Élie Bolard Technological Myths Tangible Cloud at KBK Presentation Workshop Interview
A Traversal Network
of Feminist Servers
en Wendy Van WynsbergheMartino Morandi Counter-Narratives Presentation Interview