Using NYC.gov wireless hotspot data, “WiFi Spotting” topographically visualizes Wi-Fi saturation in the metropolis. Areas with higher saturation of access points form the peaks of these mountainous terrains, thus lending physicality to the usually ephemeral in our constantly changing cityscape. “WiFi Spotting” highlights how our immediate environments are saturated by constant signals, and it aims to materialize the underlying social contracts hidden within our ubiquitous noise.
Created during the Fall 2012 Residency season at Eyebeam, Subnodes (http://subnod.es/) is an open source initiative designed to streamline the process of setting up a Raspberry Pi as a wireless access point for distributing content and taking part in shared digital experiences. The device behaves as a web server, creating its own local area network, and does not connect with the internet. This is key for the sake of offering a space where people can communicate anonymously and freely, as well as maximizing the portability of the network (no dependability on an internet connection means the device can be taken and remain active anywhere).
This course will show you how to set up your Raspberry Pi as a web server and wireless access point. We will also cover how to create a local area network with a captive portal for directing users to your web app.
Yuri Gitman created what he calls the Magicbike, a bicycle equipped with a laptop, power supply and antenna to bring more easily accessible free wireless hotspots to the masses. Gitman's bike has allowed people in NYC to browse the internet freely in local parks and gardens. "'I am like the ice cream man, but with no music and I deliver free wireless access and not ice cream'."
NYCwireless is a non-profit organization that advocates and enables the growth of free, public wireless Internet access in parks, public spaces, and affordable housing residences in New York City and surrounding areas.
The Institute for Applied Autonomy (IAA) was founded in 1998 as a technological research and development organization dedicated to the cause of individual and collective self-determination. Their mission is to study the forces and structures which affect self-determination and to provide technologies which extend the autonomy of human activists.
Andrew Boch is an artist, designer and maker. His work focuses on interactivity and expanding the creative experience of his audience. A founding member of the art collective Reasonable People's League, Andrew's past works include the performance event Paint Show, Goop Dream (a video installation) and the iGPS sound installation. Andrew currently splits his time between Boston, Providence and New York and finds himself wishing the "north side" of BosWash had better public transit.