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Tributary is an experimental ethnographic film that traces the movement and harnessing of natural resources within the Icelandic landscape to support our digital lives.Tributary explores covert, 'black-boxed' data centres (remote and highly secure sites) by tracking water and geothermal sources to the infrastructure required to power and house these physical locations of intensive computational processing.Created from a combination of traditional and experimental field recording techniques made within Iceland and the UK, Tributary aims to problematise the notion of 'green' data centres. It showcases the intensive energy requirements required to prop up the digital infrastructure of contemporary life. These include cryptocurrency mining, cloud storage, digital image production and media streaming.

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Author(s): Davoll J, Dolan P, Howson P

Publication type: Digital or Visual Media

Publication status: Published

Year: 2023

Series Title: Journal of Anthropological Films

Series Editor(s): Bjørn Arntsen, University of Tromsø – The Artic University of Norway Alyssa Grossman, Department of Communication and Media, University of Liverpool Osmund Engelbregt Bøhmer Grøholt, University Museum of Bergen, University of Bergen Leonard J. Kamerling, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Edition: 7

Number: 1

Publisher: Universitetsbiblioteket i Bergen

Place Published: Bergen

Type: Film

Format: 12 mins, 4K, Colour


DOI: 10.15845/jaf.v7i01.3798

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