A cloud is deceptive as elusive matter implying lightness, opacity, indeterminacy, and nomadism. Suspended in the atmosphere, frozen crystals and particles are in a transitional state between matter and gaz. The Cloud is now also the carrier and administrator of today’s addictive connectivity. Owned and managed by just a few corporations using tremendous amounts of electricity and water, the use of the cloud metaphor displays an astounding disconnection with reality.
The Cloud as an immaterial host of a free and open connectivity appeared at the beginning of 2000 when the grid as a pattern of “modernity” was certainly exhausted. This simple network of verticals and horizontals suggests openness but also oppression. As such, the electric or urban grid imply infinite structure, open-ended but equally delimitating. With unapologetic rigidity and materiality, the grid can not hide an inclination towards rationalising, controlling power, expansiveness, disciplining and colonising.