Workshop with Douglas Kahn on “Energies in the Arts”

As the first station of his Europe Tour 2018 presenting his new edited collection on energy and arts, Douglas Kahn has visited the Critical Media Lab Basel on Tuesday May 29. Kahn's work has been seminal for the whole project, and while many scholars focus

Artist Joyce Hinterding

Joyce Hinterding engages with the invisible elemental forces of electromagnetic energy that surround us. Any shifts those fields that are emitted from mobile phones, plug sockets, and the body itself are materialized in site-specific environments. The outcome is stunning installations featuring bold graphical works that go together with

Magical Thinking and the “Digital”

Nicolas Nova's talk "Magical Thinking, Contemporary Superstitions and Digital Technologies" he gave on May 24 2017 was quite inspirational concerning the connecting of magic with our topic, namely electromagntic waves. It has provided us a lot of useful references. He has been also working on

Welcome to the Quiet Zone

  In 1958, the Federal Communications Commission established the 13,000-square-mile National Radio Quiet Zone, a one-of-a-kind area encompassing Green Bank where, to this day, electromagnetic silence is enforced every hour of every day. The strictest rules are found within the ten square miles immediately surrounding Green

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity?

  In the UK, around 4% of people report that they experience unpleasant symptoms due to exposure to electromagnetic fields given out by mobile phones, Wi-Fi routers, TVs and so on. In severe cases, it can ruin people’s lives, making them unable to work in computer-filled

Phantom terrains

Phantom Terrains is an experimental platform which aims to answer this question by translating the characteristics of wireless networks into sound. By streaming this signal to a pair of hearing aids, the listener is able to hear the changing landscapes of data that surround them.

A field guide to the hidden world of digital networks

The Architecture of Radio is a site-specific iOS and Android application that visualizes this network of networks by reversing the ambient nature of the infosphere; hiding the visible while revealing the invisible technological landscape we interact with through our devices. Created by Richard Vijgen

A creative exploration of wireless spectres

Digital Ethereal – a research through design project by Luis Hernan, doctoral researcher at ArchaID, Newcastle University.   This project came about as a design discourse on digital technologies, and the invisible infrastructure underpinning it. I believe our interaction with this landscape of electromagnetic signals, described by Antony

Revealing the invisible structures that make up our networked world

As designers we can reveal the materials behind the 'seamless' technologies that make up our everyday experience, and in doing so empower others to question, critique, re-imagine and re-make. As we increasingly inhabit technical systems, and enact society and culture through them, it seems dangerous