ABOUT

This is a cinematic expedition to the centre of the world, through the infrastructure of the internet. Guided by an artificial search dog, two explorers are following the data streams. Between submarine cable termination points, data centres and cable laying ships, they unexpectedly discover the archive of the forgotten forethinkers of an utopian data society.

In the 1920s and 1930s, the movement "Technocracy Inc." envisioned a society based on an utopian data network. Technologists were to replace politicians and a digital energy currency was to replace money. Housing, industry, agriculture, transport - the entire North American continent was to be examined for its energy efficiency and then rebuilt. Everything - land, means of production, housing and vehicles were to be "shared" instead of owned. Despite enormous popularity in the 1930s, supporters dwindled, as the technocrats rejected a revolution just as much as they rejected standing for election as a political party. In 1947 they made one last attempt to propagate their eco-technoid utopia: As 'Operation:Columbia', the members drive from Los Angeles to Vancouver, forming a ten-mile-long motorcade of grey vehicles. Along the way they are distributing publications, giving lectures and promoting their ideas. Hopelessly ahead of its time, the movement subsequently falls into complete oblivion. But the area circled by the corso soon becomes the birthplace of the Internet. Today, the corporate headquarters of all the big Internet companies are located along the route.

Is there a connection between the one and the other? In Silicon Valley, no one seems to remember the "Technocrats". But Elon Musk, who not only found an online payment platform, a car brand and keeps on working on space programmes and implantable artificial intelligence, happens to be the grandson of the Canadian "Technocracy" director.

DATA PRIVACY

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