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
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

Plonger dans la machine

Lionel Maes

Lecture Interview

With a selection of movie scenes articulated around three themes, Lionel Maes let us drift into imaginary worlds where bodies dematerialize, enter and navigate digital spaces; machines, networks, cyberspaces. What promises the experience of diving into the machine makes in terms of movement, actions possibilities, and limits? What happens to the body during this experience?

The Landmower Man, Bret Leonard, 1992, Poster.

Dive into the Machine

Humans dive into the inside of the machine.

  • Colossus, The Forbin Project, Joseph Sergent, 1970
  • Hackers, Iain Softley, 1995
  • Johnny Mnemonic, Robert Longo, 1995
  • The Lawnmover Man, Bret Leonard, 1992
  • Tron, Steven Lisberger, 1982
The Machine enters Us

Human body is seen, improved or modified by the machine.

  • The Terminal Man, Mike Hodges, 1974
  • Matrix, The Wachowskis, 1999
  • Transcendence, Wally Pfister, 2014
The Machine Walks Out of Itself

The machine becomes autonomous, outside of itself.

  • Transcendence, Wally Pfister, 2014
  • Her, Spike Jonze, 2013
  • Demon Seed, Donald Cammell, 1977


Lionel Maes is an artist, developer, graphic designer and teacher. He is a founding member of the code and graphic design studio La Villa Hermosa (Brussels). He teaches digital design at ERG (École de Recherche Graphique, Brussels). His work focuses on the development of alternative methodologies and processes in art and design in which questions of networks, negotiations, dialogues, protocols between machines, between humans and between humans and machines are addressed.

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