The film/project Immaterials: Light painting wifi video created by Timo Arnall, Jorn Knusten and Einar Sneve Martinussen is an incredible, unique and modern project that deals with the aspect of technology in todays society. The project looks at how wifi signals interact with the landscape and the environment that surrounds them. This is done in an intriguing and beautiful way; a light painting.
This ingenious piece takes a look at how wifi has become integrated and absorbed into our daily lives. It is something that our society has become fairly dependent on. The way they represent these qualities is achieved through, as a said above, the creation of a light painting. But how did they achieve this? They engineered a rod that is programmed to light up according the strength of the wifi signal. They then carried this around the city and took long exposure photographs. The result is a beautiful topographic-like map that cuts and weaves across the landscape and environment it is within. With this project not only is the intangible made tangible, but these artists have added a new sense of depth to the world of technology and to what lies beneath the technological development of society. There is a juxtaposition of the seemingly clean, slick and uniform qualities of technology contrasted with the irregular and unpredictable jumps and dips in the light painting they created.
Seeing how it interacts with the landscape, and the ability to capture something so invisible but so fundamental to our society is a very interesting aspect to this project. Treating the wifi signal as a network landscape truly captures the way our society interacts with and depends on it.
The link to the video and photos can be found below:
source : “YOUrban — Immaterials: Light Painting WiFi.” YOUrban RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2014. <http://yourban.no/2011/02/22/immaterials-light-painting-wifi/>.