Dressed to the 9s


The Mongrel collective has engineered an online software tool called, '9' that allows for a different kind of distributed computing, where the power of multiple experiences is compiled rather than that of multiple computers. The work functions much like a database, where users can access and upload various forms of information - images, video, audio, text - but without the hierarchal and utilitarian principles of most databases. The space of '9' is a grid that grows exponentially (based on the number nine) to create 'knowledge maps' that link personal, social, and other forms of experience through representational media. One navigates this grid through 'grouped' images that link to other data. It may seem disorienting and complicated at first, but when has navigating social life been simple? - Ryan Griffis