Videos and C-prints, 2018
At the centre of this project is the fibre optic cable FLAG Atlantic-1, put in operation in 2001, which connects the US directly with France. It was the first submarine cable able to transmit high quality video. It enabled the internet as we know in today, with all its streaming applications.
I went to both landing sites of the FLAG cable, one located in the Bretagne in France, and the other one in Long Island, just outside of New York City. Before the first telegraph cable was laid down in 1858, it took three weeks for a message to cross the Atlantic by boat. When the first telegraph became available, it took still 10 minutes for one single word. In 2001, FLAG Atlantic-1 made it possible to transmit 200 hours of video every second.