Every defective electronic device, every forgotten or abandoned account in the corners of the cloud and local servers where indexing fails, is a patch of electronic ruins existing in a quantum state. You would barely notice its existence unless you dove through it with incredible skill; only then would its co-temporal lyricism and beauty shine through. These data ghosts, labeled “useless,” do not cease to exist but rather wait for reincarnation in an immeasurably virtual netherworld. Their existence depends on the speed of degradation of the stored natural materials or their robustness in the face of the many disasters caused by the Anthropocene. Their lifespan exceeds the physiological lifespan of the human species. These electronic ruins are preserved in the form of the remains or the excesses of human civilization. The Hawking radiation triggered by a near-Earth miniature black hole swallowing matter plays the role of an awakener; those neutrino storms penetrate the Earth’s crust and mantle, activating the resonance of the residual storage medium with an incomprehensible, complex spatio-temporal order so that new life is born in the decentralized electronic ruins. The trivial human memories of past lives are reorganized into a magnificent creation myth in which the human becomes the object, while data is the subject of God’s creation and annihilation.
(Translated by Fiona He)