In grave, engraved
Inspired by the lessons of History, from Egyptians to Mayans, the extreme backupist movement seeks new ways to keep a trace of their digitalness. In a form of cyber-survivalism, extreme backupists have developed a shared anticipatory anxiety of the great technical failure and its presumed apocalyptic domino effect. This community has been looking for the most enduring-but-sustainable support. In this sense, stone carving has proven to be quite the opposite of a CD-ROM: at least, this engraving will last for centuries.
Nevertheless, debates and contradictions span across the extreme backupist movement on what should be engraved in the grave. Is it about individual engraving saving very personal data and then intimate moments? Or should we engrave the most valuable source codes as a collective capsule, saving then the most precious pieces of the digital society to let the next generations rebuild it?