Clara Boj & Diego Diaz
Observatorio, 2008Networked Wireless Installation in Urban and Exhibition Space
The installation Observatorio visualizes the increasing density of wireless networks in urban spaces. For the duration of the gateways exhibition, wireless networks will be registered within a ten-kilometer radius around the Kumu Art Museum and will be realized as a real-time projection in the museum. The otherwise invisible stream of communication will thus be made visible. In the city center, visitors may use a modified telescope to observe the dense overlaying of historical buildings with the most modern communications networks, instead of gazing at the classic tourist attractions of historic Tallinn. Wireless connections will transmit this network data into the exhibition space.
In their work, Boj and Díaz reflect the impact of information technologies on urban space. At the start of the twenty-first century, wireless communication was celebrated as a cost-effective means to enter the global network—access that ought to be available to people from all economic backgrounds. In the meantime, economic, social, ethical, and legal realities have dampened this Utopian dream. Nevertheless, our perception of and our relationship with the surrounding reality is determined by the continuous transmission of data and the possibility of being able to log on to the Internet at any given point. Observatorio reveals a new urban landscape, a hybrid city composed of buildings and a variety of networks and informational communications nodes. Through this installation, real space and virtual space are brought into vivid conjunction.
Clara Boj & Diego Diaz, Observatorio, 2008 | © Clara Boj & Diego Diaz