This interactive digital media project visualizes cultural geographies of submarine communications networks. These networks currently support almost all of our transoceanic internet traffic. Using video and photography of landing points and cable stations across the Pacific Rim, Surfacing maps the cultural processes that have come to shape the development of transnational internet infrastructure.

Partial funding for this project is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of the Digital Humanities, the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program, and the University of California Humanities Research Institute California Studies Consortium.



Project Director: Nicole Starosielski

Creative Design and Programmer: Craig Dietrich

Research Assistant: Kelsey Brannan

Title Design: Cory Cullington

Sound Design: Steven Ray Morris


Project in progress.