trapped, 2010Networked Installation
The piece trapped was inspired by Rob van Kranenburg’s and Bruce Sterling’s ideas about “The Internet of Things.” The concept of the Internet of Things refers to one of the theories about the future of the Internet, where all everyday physical objects are interconnected and communicate among themselves in a virtual world of Internet.
One of the ways to link the physical entities to an online world is with RFID (radio frequency identification) technology, which is already widely used in agriculture and trade. By equipping over forty objects in her home with a small RFID tag and carrying around a RFID reader, Anna Trapenciere has created her own little Internet of Things. The RFID tags and the reader communicate with each other and provide data about the actions taking place in the network comprised of the artist, the RFID tags, and the reader. The information gained from the actions is visible to and traceable for everyone over the Internet.
The artist presents us with one form of life logging, recording her everyday actions by wearing a technological apparatus. The physical data, bodily movements, are transformed into readable electronic data. The information is displayed on the computer screen along with the date, time, and name of the activity.
Anna Trapenciere, trapped | © Anna Trapenciere