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802.11 planar antennae paintings

this is a project in non-optimal aesthetic design. the straightforward premise is to use fractal/self-similar lines as a formal pictorial element and as a planar antennae packaged as the form of a painting. the ‘dragon curve’ is the drawing element that represents this merged idea. each segment is tuned to a quarter wavelength of a particular channel of the 802.11 standard and allows the work to merge with the local network and become part of the delivery of the network.

circuit design is a field concerned with optimization spatial and electrical relationships of the formal plane. the pictorial space of these planar antennae paintings is less concerned with optimization of the engineered space and is an attempt to create an aesthetic experience in the transmission of the network. certainly, there are specifications that are peculiar to the design which must be maintained in order to serve some functionality (such as the segment length/channel ratio) but, this design in decidedly non-engineered as the optimal utility of the spectrum. these device-object-tool-fetishes seek an optimization of aesthetics.


publicDomain is an interventionist activity leveraging Etherpeg (http://etherpeg.org), the open source software that looks for the transmission of .jpeg and .gif files as they are sent over the public wireless system in the art history lecture hall at San Jose State. the images are collaged showing a real time visual study of the art history lectures on a screen outside the lecture hall.
publicDomain documentation

this project grew from the research of data flow as a map of physical spaces. as i watched the flow of images at the public library i was fascinated with the differences that would be drawn i as moved from floor to floor. these image flows draw more than just the webpage images, they develop into a realtime document of the ideoscape and socioscape of the network cloud. this fact led me to watch the image-flow in many places.