Infocalypse Now!: Initiative for the Establishment of an Autonomous Media Zone, 2007Multimedia Installation
Infocalypse Now! is an initiative for the creation of an autonomous media zone in the 700 MHz spectrum, within which analogue television stations broadcast. With the introduction of the digital signal, the majority of the spectrum, just like present-day analogue technology, will become a junkyard, which will be appropriated by the capital city, Ljubljana. Since the majority of the frequency space will become unused, and the analogue technology necessary for transmission and reception is extremely accessible and cheap, it is fitting that a part of the frequencies be occupied by the civil sphere. Greater accessibility to the 700 MHz spectrum—a very useful low-frequency band—would, besides offering noncommercial television content and independent productions, encourage innovations in the field of wireless Internet, improve the local communication network, and contribute to the development of small enterprise. Last but not least, it would also prevent households, individuals, and groups with low incomes from lagging behind developments while technology advances.
Infocalypse Now! explores the access to and control over media spaces. While the Internet era manifests a non-hierarchical media field, current developments reveal a more centralized system controlled by private media corporations rather than governments. The work brings into a critical focus the possibilities of and access to distributing independent and noncommercial content at a time when the majority of the media field is occupied by broadcasters with business interests.
Sašo Sedlacek, Infocalypse Now!: Initiative for the Establishment of an Autonomous Media Zone, 2007 | © Sašo Sedlacek