Stand With Standing Rock: An Interactive 3d Network Topology Exploration

This work is a response to the role emerging technology plays in the ongoing project of violence carried out by the United States Government and Corporate Interests targeted at Indigenous People, Indigenous land, and the land.

Specifically, we’re interested in the significance of Standing Rock’s single cellular tower; used by all the Indigenous people of Standing Rock, as well as journalists reporting from there, and what this means with regards to visibility and organization in protesting the historic and ongoing violence.

This piece explores how network connectivity and infrastructure frame the way civil disobedience is portrayed in the media and is limited by law enforcement. It is an interactive environment aimed at explicating the ways network topology informs our ability to, and our understanding of protest.

An Early Proposal I Made and Shared With My Group, Envisioning the Project