public visual installation of real time internet activity
by re|thread
Erik Natanael Gustafsson, Thomas Durieux, Benoit Baudry and Jonathan Ramirez Mendoza

RFC:675:08, namned after the Request For Comment resulting in the TCP/IP protocol in 1974, is a public installation visualising the internet activity constantly flowing into and out of Stockholm. From December 5 to 13, 2020, RFC:675:08 ran for 8 minutes, every hour, on the hour, from 6h to 22h for a total of 171 live screenings as part of the Nobel Week of Lights 2020.

The installation gave citizens a glimpse of the immense data stream connecting Stockholm to the entire world, with 213 individual countries and territories being reported. Combining information, data and abstract audiovisual representations of real-time traffic, it creates a bound beyond the rational between Stockholm citizens and the invisible, continuous connection of the city and the cyber-world.


RFC:675:08 is designed and performed by the rethread.art software art collective.

The artwork is named after RFC 675, the official document that layed the foundations of the Internet in 1974, and after the 08 extension referring to Stockholm. The work is thereby anchored to the Internet culture and to the city where the Nobel prizes are awarded and celebrated every year.

Erik Natanael Gustafsson, Thomas Durieux, Jonathan Ramirez Mendoza and Benoit Baudry are supported by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, the CASTOR center for software research, the NAVET hub for science and art and the Wallenberg Autonomous Systems, Software and AI Program (WASP).

The Internet traffic is broadcasted by Bahnhof.

The installation is developed in collaboration with the Nobel Week of Lights.