MotherNode (2004)

MotherNode is a sculptural an antenna that emits a wireless signal (802.11g) that can be installed in any public area. The intent is to create a limited community of people using wifi within a small, single network. But in this network, bandwidth, much like other physical resources, can be depleted if used in excess. If one of the members uses too much bandwidth in relation to the others, she is promptly kicked off the network. The light on top of the sculpture is a physical manifestation of how much data is being transferred through the network every few seconds, and therefore how much bandwidth is currently available. Blue represents little data and much bandwidth available across the network. Green and yellow are midrange, respectively. When the light turns red, a member has been kicked off and someone else is allowed on.

Exhibited in part May 11th and 12th, 2004 at ...

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MotherNode is a sculptural an antenna that emits a wireless signal (802.11g) that can be installed in any public area. The intent is to create a limited community of people using wifi within a small, single network. But in this network, bandwidth, much like other physical resources, can be depleted if used in excess. If one of the members uses too much bandwidth in relation to the others, she is promptly kicked off the network. The light on top of the sculpture is a physical manifestation of how much data is being transferred through the network every few seconds, and therefore how much bandwidth is currently available. Blue represents little data and much bandwidth available across the network. Green and yellow are midrange, respectively. When the light turns red, a member has been kicked off and someone else is allowed on.

Exhibited in part May 11th and 12th, 2004 at the Interactive Telecommunications Program Spring Show at New York University.

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