Varieties of Wireless Art

Stephen Wilson, Professor, Conceptual & Information Arts, San Francisco State University

 
Don't Forget about Radio
-The first wireless, inexpensive technology
-Historically dominated by government and commercial interests
 
 one to one (walkee talkee, phone,sms) one to many (broadcast radio, net radio, sms)
many to one (???) many to many (conference call,maillst)

-Revolutionary Potential  - eg Bertolt Brecht "Let the listener speak as well as hear"
-Many similar issues now in wireless artistic experiements
 'The Radio as an Apparatus of Communication' - http://home.freeuk.com/lemmaesthetics/brecht1.htm


Bertolt Brecht
Artists as Broadcasters

-Free Radio, Pirate Radio
-Mini-FM movement (eg Tetsuo Kogawa)

Making visible the content of 'Hertzian' Space
-Simon Penny - Lo Yo Yo  (rods access different stations as they rock)   http://www.ace.uci.edu/penny/
Christian Terstegge - Radio ? Active (Sponges with embedded receivers)
-Scanner - Music made of intercepted cell phone conversations
-Usman Haque - SkyEar - Balloons pick up the electromagnetic melange of signals as they ascend  http://www.haque.co.uk/

Simon Penny - Lo Yo Yo

Christian Terstegge - Radio ? Active

Scanner

Usman Haque - Sky Ear
Making conscious the Electromagnetic "cloud"
- Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby (Placebo Furniture/ De-electrification center  - furniture that reacts to electromagnetic fields) http://www.crd.rca.ac.uk/dunne-raby/
- Cahterine Richards (Curiosity Cabinet - copper plated to protect from electromagnetic fields)
- Haruki Nishijima  - 'Remain in Light'  - (special butterfly nets capture 'electronic insects' radio waves of sound) 

Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby (Placebo Furniture

Cahterine Richards (Curiosity Cabinet

 Haruki Nishijima  - 'Remain in Light'
Location based events affecting particular locations

Stephen Wilson  - Transit Time
Real time positions of San Francisco light rail system trains and buses (via GPS) control sound, video, and kinetic experiences in gallery
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~swilson/

Location Based Authoring

Teri Rueb - Trace - People left voice memories tied to certain locations
http://www.research.umbc.edu/%7Erueb/Oindex.html
-urban tapestries
http://www.proboscis.org.uk/urbantapestries/
Hoshi Takuya - "Spatial Memory Architecture" people link text with particular locations
Stephen Wilson - Telepresent - people upload images as they move through their day


Traces - Terri Rueb

Hoshi Takuya - "Spatial Memory Architecture"

Urban Tapestries
Location Based Games
Communication with other groups at specific places - Reflection on Smart Mob, Collective Intelligence

-cntrcpy˘ - SMS game to send astronauts to Mars http://operation.cntrcpy.com/
-Blast Theory  - 'Can You See me Now' - Virtual chase game  activated by tracing real runners moving through city.  Also 'Uncle Roy All Around You'  - viewers help people in city find uncle Roy  http://www.canyouseemenow.co.uk
-Raby, Clavin,Farrington,  Gosling, Durrant, Kitchen, Hooker, Patel, ,Sweeny, Walke   Flirt, Lost Cat, Herd  - Location based games and systems 
http://www.interaction.rca.ac.uk/research/projects_card/flirt/text.html
-Yury Gitman and Carlos Gomez de Llarena - Node Runner (Wireless scavenger hunt) http://www.noderunner.com

 


cntrcpy˘ 

Can you see me now
Location based sound events and stories

-Iain Mott -  Sound Mapping - Place activated sound
-Stefan Schemat  -  Water - Location activated story


Iain Mott - Sound Mapping

Stefan Schemat - Water
Active audience via mobile phones, wi-fi

- Golan Levin  Telesymphony  (sound composition using audience calls to cell phones) http://www.flong.com/telesymphony/
- Ken Goldberg  Teleactor  (web visitors tell a mobile person what to do and what to say)  http://www.eiu.org/experiments/teleactor/
- Sheron Wray, Fleeta Siegel   - Texterritory  (audience members converse with eath other and the performers) http://www.texterritory.com/


Levin Telesymphony

Goldberg et al  - Teleactor

Sheron Wray, Fleeta Siegel   - Texterritory 
Mobile phone activated public sculpture

-- Rafael Lozano-Hemmer Amodal Suspension - (people activate search lights via SMS and conversion into light pulses)
http://www.amodal.net/precedents.html
- Electroland ? Urban Spectacle  R-G-B" - callers control light patterns on a building


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer  - Amodal Suspension

Electroland ? Urban Spectacle  R-G-B
Conceptual Works

-Igor Stromajer - Wpack - (downloadable packages activate on mobile phones) http://www.intima.org/
-Paula Levine - San Francisco/Bagdad - (map real coordinates of war activities into San Francisco)
-Marko Peljhan - (link mobile people with Makrolab)*-


Igor Stromajer - Wpack


Paula Levine - San Francisco/Bagdad

For more information about artists working with wireless and gps technologies, see Stephen Wilson art and technology links. http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~infoarts/links/wilson.artlinks2.html