Connecting the Dots


Connecting the Dots consists of 279 connecting-the-dots puzzles which visualise the individual submarine internet cables. The drawings were made by toddlers, ages between 4 and 6 years old. The shapes of the connecting-the-dots puzzles come from the geographical and physical shape of the submarine internet cables.


Originally, connecting-the-dots puzzles were designed as a series of numbers, where, when a line is drawn, a more complex object is revealed. Psychologists used such puzzles as a first tool to investigate the cognitive development of children. Cognitive development focuses on the development of information processing, conceptual resources, perceptual skills and language learning.


Connecting the Dots shows the infrastructure of the internet, drawn by toddlers who don’t have the conceptual framework to see and understand what they were drawing. For this generation the internet will be as common as tap water. In this case the puzzles aren’t used to investigate the cognitive development of the toddlers, but rather how their internet use will influence that development.


2018, 2100x225cm (dimensions can vary)
279 A3 puzzles

NEPTUNE CANADA 2007-2032 / $62,000,000 / 800 km • Port Alberni (Canada)
HONG KONG-GUAM (HKG) 2020-2045 / 3,900 km / 48 tbps • Tseung Kwan O (Hong Kong) • Piti (Guam)
JUPITER 2020-2045 / 14,000 km / 60 tbps • Hermosa Beach (United States) • Daet (Philippines) • Maruyama (Japan) • Shima (Japan)
QUINTILLION SUBSEA PHAE 3 2021-2046 / $250,000,000 / 5,000 km / 30 tbps • Iqaluit (Canada) • London (United Kingdom) • Prudhoe Bay (USA)
MONET 2017-2041 / $280,000,000 / 10,566 km / 60 tbps • Fortaleza (Brazil) • Boca Raton (United States) • Santos (Brazil)