Every surface of a gallery is painted cyan. A video shows a digital rendering of the gallery, multiplied through a labyrinth of infinite spaces. The soundtrack to this film is the voice of a Skype user who I contacted via an unsolicited request. In intricate detail, this individual describes the room from which he speaks, on the twenty-fourth storey of a residential building in Beijing, China.

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Skype, Twitter, Vimeo, DropBox and Windows 8 are among many companies to incorporate cyan into their corporate identities. Suggesting freedom, formlessness, limitlessness, this colour is used to mystify the material realities around our digital activity.

Borrowing its title from Schumpeter's description of Empire, this work explores how the digital network facilitates new forms of domination. By supporting new horizons of reach, narrow forms of reason can expand to become a global norm, operating in the deterritorialised field of the imaginary.

Presented at Division of Labour, Worcester