volume 9, issue 2, P245-260 2014
DOI: 10.1177/1746847714526671
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Abstract: This article analyzes the discursive and conceptual equation of the ocean and the database. Considering how the chemical and vital properties of seawater serve to transform what is 'stored', the language of flow and fluidity is inadequate to describe what seawater actually does to things -it encrusts them, rusts them, adheres burgeoning life-forms to them. Seawater asks us to rethink terrestrial notions of the archive or database as informed by the language of earth and sediment, and instead consider the ocean…

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