Telepathic Mice

Stéphane Degoutin et Gwenola Wagon

Data center et souris


Telepathic Mouse is a sculpture of a data center. On the model, the arrangement of the mirrors repeats to infinity the server aisles, typical of data center architecture. Live mice occasionally colonize the model during events.

The radical Italian architects of Archizoom (No Stop City) and Superstudio (Continuous Monument) – both projects date from 1969 – postulated a gridded city, exaggerating the standardization of environment and communication – merging the models of the factory and the supermarket.

Today it is the isotropic, immaculate and sterile aisles of the data centres that are bathed in equal light. Mice explore the model as they make their way between the aisles and the machines. They move through the corridors, scouting the terrain for their community, stopping in front of some servers. Noises suggest that they are starting to nibble at the cables.

Mouse Telepaths evokes an experiment led by Duke University researchers who, in 2013, brought two rodents together through the inside of the brain. The researchers then unite ten rats, then a hundred, then a thousand. The connections are wireless. A meta-rat brain is created. No one knows exactly what it produces (the rats' thoughts are not yet deciphered), but the rats' behaviour has changed. The cohesion of the group is striking.


Exposition Média Médiums, Galerie Ygrec, Paris 4 avril - 31 mai 2014.

Exposition Convergences: l'art et le numérique en résonance, Maison Populaire, Montreuil 15 janvier - 4 avril 2015


Construction : Martin Gautron

Photos : Guillaume Onimus

Production : Irrévérence Films