Research in Johannesburg, South Africa—a city shaped by a legacy of inequality—led to one timeless question: how does one create a space where all individuals are equal? This project was inspired by social media, which carries the promise for individuals to share an experience across distant landscapes on a platform of equality. This is ultimately an ephemeral and utopian idea in practice, but there are still moments in which individuals approach equality by virtue of their medium. The question above can thus be reformulated, or narrowed, to ask: how does one create a space that facilitates communication?
This project explores the topological, temporal, and cultural conditions of media systems: mobile telecommunications, social media, various media networks, and other forms of cultural media. The other focus of the research examines infrastructure as a form of spatial/temporal mediation between residents: these will include water, waste, electricity, and various routes of transport.