Visualizing Digital Ecologies Through Art

8 Jun

Daily, we walk through WiFi hot spots and dead zones just as people walk through ghosts in horror movies, except that WiFi is in every inch we move or step we take.

A group of Norweigan students took the idea of technological visualization and illustrated the WiFi terrain of their city through light painting in the following video:

Our cities are growing, with people, and their avatars, as technology becomes more accessible and comfortable for us to use. Networks form an increasing backdrop to everyday life. WiFi changes the technological means by which people work and communicate and this ultimately changes social lives, culture, and the space in which we move.

WiFi has become a disparate system that has no corporate boarders; it is a cultural phenomenon. This is the era of togetherness – it is the market niche Apple Inc. exposes and derives its success from. We want to be connected all of the time and now that we have the technology to do it, we exploit this desire.

Cyberspace is a digital ecology; the WiFi lines in the light painting suggest a dynamic system of great reach and structural complexity filled with an ocean of interconnected surfers both meeting and parting. The light paintings help illustrate how we conceive of our world and finally acknowledge the presence of technology as something that dominates our spaces. As we extend ourselves over vast landscapes we are physically invisible but are both virtually and realistically present.

Has the dominance of WiFi or technology over our spaces already changed our physical social interactions? Have we created a new norm?


One Response to “Visualizing Digital Ecologies Through Art”


  1. Digital Ecologies – Article « kyllikkious - September 28, 2011

    […] an interesting article I came across while reading up on digital ecologies: Evidently, students in Norway created a light representation of the cyberspace ecology of their […]

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