RECOGNITION Exhibited in the 2018 Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Exhibited in the Victoria and Albert Museum at the 2018 London Design Festival, Exhibited at the Het Nieuwe Instituut
Aquatic Distribution System in Rivers is part of the Institute of Patent Infringement, an initiative by Matthew Stewart and Jane Chew conceived for the Extended Program of 'WORK, BODY, LEISURE,' the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2018, curated by Marina Otero Verzier.
Aquatic Distribution Systems in Rivers exposes the future of aquatic transportation as a multilayered, stratified system, as projected in Amazon’s patent 9624034B1 by infringing on the proposed technical systems (depth control devices, local/global positioning systems) and the suggested geophysical inhabitation (urban river settings). The proposal exploits Amazon’s underlying narratives, making visible the key technologies, motives, and unforeseen impacts veiled behind the filed, abstracted descriptions and mechanical illustrations afforded by the formality of patents.
Amazon’s protected technologies have enabled the corporation to reinvent the infrastructures of our urban environment by commercializing and monetizing them. Consequentially, these infrastructural integrations have rendered the human as digital traces via tracking sensors, cameras, and economic motivations, exchanging human values for mechanic efficiencies. By exposing these technologies, they are highlighted as surveillance devices capable of seeing micro-movements, while simultaneously marginalizing those who have historically been invisible to corporations and producers.
The following illustrations are constructed using the patents as a set of instructions and programmatic requirements to be implemented. Overlaid onto the Connecticut River and connecting the cities with existing Amazon infrastructures, Amazon builds upon existing structures that facilitate its labor, FIG. 01, including Whole Foods 101, Amazon warehouses 102, and airports 103 while introducing a new urbanism within the river. The river infrastructure, shown in section in FIG. 02, includes cubic and spherical pods that will accommodate packages of various sizes 201 and human transportation 202-205 through the interventions of depth control devices and varying of densities 206. This will further enable rapid transportation via airdrops 207 into the river. Upon arrival to its destination, FIG. 03, packages and pods are collected via coordinated mechanical and information systems 301. As technology continues to infiltrate the systems of urban dwelling, the infringement proposes an emerging typology of cohabitation, intertwining modes of inhabitation with distribution, production and consumption.