Immaterial Terrain

Photo credit: yourban.no

Designers at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design have created a method to materialize and document the “immaterial terrain” of WiFi networks within a city. In this project they created a way to measure WiFi presence using a light stick. Then using that light stick they mapped WiFi across the campus landscape while documenting the light variations through long-exposure photography. They created what I would call a kind of “light map” to create a presence for what is usually an invisible – yet crucial – network and a significant – yet intangible – terrain in contemporary life.

The project’s interest in the spatial and material qualities of wireless networks is what makes it interesting to the projects of Studio Ju Ju where we have a similar interest in exploring the spatial and material qualities of sound and sound travel.

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