colocation, time displacement

2nd April 2014 -
27th April 2014

Yuri Pattison

colocation, time displacement

colocation; The provision of computing services in a third-party colocation centre, Being in more than one place at the same time (a physical location and virtual location or multiple telepresence appearances)

Time displacement in sociology refers to the idea that new forms of activities may replace older ones.

John Titor is the name used on several bulletin boards during 2000 and 2001 by a poster claiming to be a time traveler from 2036.

“My “time” machine is a stationary mass, temporal displacement unit manufactured by General Electric. The unit is powered by two, top-spin, dual-positive singularities that produce a standard, off-set Tipler sinusoid. I will be happy to post pictures of the unit.”

Titor made numerous predictions about events in the near future, starting with events in 2004. He described a drastically changed future in which the United States had broken into five smaller regions, the environment and infrastructure had been devastated by a nuclear attack, and most other world powers had been destroyed.

Bahnhof is a Swedish Internet service provider founded in 1994 by Oscar Swartz in Uppsala and was the first independent ISP in Sweden. Today the company is represented in Stockholm, Göteborg, Uppsala, Borlänge, and Lund.

Pionen is a former civil defence center built in the White Mountains Södermalm borough of Stockholm, Sweden in the 1970s to protect essential government functions from nuclear strike. The address of the Pionen data center is Renstiernas gata 35 and 37.

It was converted into a data center by the Swedish Internet service provider Bahnhof. It opened on 11 September 2008 and Bahnhof continues to use the facility today. Because of the facility being buried under the mountain, secured by a 40-centimeter thick door, and only reachable by an entrance tunnel, the data center is capable of withstanding a hydrogen bomb. The Pionen data center is also a colocation centre.

In December 2010, it was revealed that, having been kicked off their servers at Amazon, the controversial website WikiLeaks had also placed their data with Bahnhof. Jon Karlung, chairman of Bahnhof, one of the companies providing server space to the whistleblowing website, gave press interviews in the light of the new controversy created by Wikileaks leak of information relating to the Afghan War, even showing journalists the two servers on which the data was held. By the chairman’s own admission, the data centre is essentially like any other, and WikiLeaks is treated just like any other client Bahnhof provides server services to.

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colocation, time displacement (video & digital elements) was commissioned by Temporary Arts Project (TAP) for Migrating Origins, a project curated by Warren Harper and James Ravinet.

With thanks to Bahnhof AB, Sweden.


Yuri Pattison, b. Dublin, Ireland. Lives & Works in London & Berlin.


Wednesday 2nd April , 6 – 9pm

Thursday 3rd – Sunday 27th April
Thurs – Sun, 12 noon – 5pm (or by appointment)

With thanks to TAP, Autodesk & Maxxium