The migration of objects sits opposed to the migration of bodies. Logistical systems, infrastructures, wireless networks and controll rooms direct the movements of objects from one context to the next. I would like to explore technologies of tracking and tracing which are used along the supply chains (listing of codes etc). Logistical infrastructures of object transitions become automised. The Port of Rotterdam approaches to be a EU data-hub platform of the Internet of Things (IoT). Beside a critical look at this future vision of technology I want to take more direct and analog logistical networks and techniques into account.
Many food tunnels  to smuggle not only food, have been build since the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Import restriction have been and still are a means of Israel to pressure groups in Palestinia – by preventing products to enter the Gaza-strip. The tunnels indicate a physical network of transitions that has been created and is constantly re-configured.
The supply of food, materials, fuel-tanks, everyday objects transcend in a multifacette of layers. These networks are a system standing behind the cultivation of lifestyles and the maintenance of businesses and powerdynamics. The push for an expanded network of the free market, trade agreements and Free Zones (Keller Easterling here), as part of a deregulated capitalism, directs flows of exchange and specified non-governmental juristiction in a multilayered and supranational manner. It is not to say that the state’s position has become an outsider, rather it has allowed a inclusion of the politically excluded, by providing free zones, specified trade, tax, environment and labour regulations for the manufacture and exchange of goods and businesses.
Up to 90% of the worlds goods are transported via container ships / cargo shipping. Only 2% of these are being inspected, as the UNODC reports .As first site research I will visit the port of Rotterdam in several trials:
1. from the outside perspective, observing (bike, camera)
2. through a spot defined visitors appointment with the habour (TBC)
Several container kinds can be found. The food industry is as an example relying on refrigerated container systems , some of these are connected to wireless networks to control and guarantuee the ideal temperatures and humidity. Then we can find special containers for liquids, which are frames in the size of a standard container with a tank fixed in the middle. Are there further kinds of containers? What are their technologies? To which networks are they connected to?
In a quick search I check the journey of a container from port Banias in Syria to Rotterdam, Netherlands . The time of the container on boat is 10 days. Is there a way to track the objects inside the container and what are the border controls through which the container is passing on this journey?
Objects phyical mediators between two (or more) spaces. These objects imply different human activities based on the context they are in, be it to create jobs in factories, as the object needs to be produced or to enable and facilitate more comfort to jobs, as they become tools for users. For the time at CPCP I want to explore, trace, map out and recreate the complexities of object (or material) infrastructures / migration .
Another aspect I came upon was the concept of Human Mailing. A person decides to mail themselves to another location, be it due to costs, policies or other obstacles. The earliest documented human mail is the one of Henry Brown, who successfully escaped as a slave from Virginia in a shipping box to the free state of Pennsylvania in 1849. There have been many other stories since then. Interesting was to hear about the late 2016 wave of a Human Mail Challenge on youtube .
The concept of hacking and occupying an object-infrastructure with the human body struck me. The recent youtube wave though seems more a spectacle activity rather than a conscious hacking and bending of infrastructures.
As a last example of an object infrastructure I want to mention the Pneumatic Tube System , which was used from the beginning of the 20th century until 1984 (Paris). We can sometimes find this systems used in superkarkets at the cassier, to send change money / coins to the main office back and forth.
The early form of the pneumatic tubes was used to send messages and small notes from the decipher of morse-codes (telegraph) to the recipient of the telegraph. The stock market gained much advantages from it, until telephone infrastructures proved to be more sufficient.
Find at 99percentinvisible a podcast on these tubes:
The pneumatic system which expanded through the whole city of Paris [13 | 14] also contributed to ideas on public transportation as some drawings indicate . Similar to the human mail occurs here a dispositioning of the relation between the human body and the infratructures it built.
As mentioned in the beginning am I interested to explore these layerd planetary-scale infrastructures as geographies which not directly separate from the movements of bodies, rather are sitting opposed to these. There might be impacts of one to the other. I am interested to find links and junctions between the systems of object and body flows.
Object migration, track & trace technologies, SmartPort, SmartCities, IoT, Free Zones, Special Economic Zones [SEZ], transit, tarde agreements, free market, deregulation, networks of supply, spaces of sourcing, spaces of processing, spaces of archiving, spaces of labeling, spaces of transmitting, control room, particles of infrastructure;