From the microwave networks implementing high-frequency global trading, to the privately owned GSM base stations stations on rooftops, the signalling of public transport infrastructure and countless WiFi access points — radio technology has become integral to the metabolisms and interactions within the modern city. Today's urban antennae also exert a complex of influences that extend beyond infrastructure itself; the flow of capital now knitted into networked surveillance apparatuses; the pull upon people in movement hungry for wireless Internet gateways; the informational bias of mapping services whose localisations trilaterate beacons from access points; carbon, as the energetic cost of so many data packets flowing across land and sea to watch a video of a 'Pangolin riding a Roomba' uploaded by the kid next door. In this lecture Julian re-imagines both city and citizenship through a history of 'spectrum politics', asking what shape they might take if radio infrastructure — from mobile telephony to city-wide WiFi mesh networks — were publicly deployed and owned. The lecture will include live demonstrations / interventions interacting with phones, laptops and tablet computers in the audience.
Julian Oliver is a Critical Engineer and artist, an advocate of Free and Open Source Software and contributor to initiatives that reinforce rights of privacy and anonymity in networked and other technologically-mediated domains. His works have been presented at many museums, galleries, international electronic-art events and conferences, including the Tate Modern, Transmediale, the Chaos Computer Congress and the Japan Media Arts Festival. Julian has received several awards, most notably the distinguished Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica 2011 for the project Newstweek (with Daniil Vasiliev) — device, which allows you to change the text of the news on the way from the media server to the user's screen. Julian has also given numerous workshops and master classes in software art, data forensics, creative hacking, object-oriented programming for artists, augmented reality, virtual architecture and video-game development worldwide.
The lecture will be held in English with simultaneous translation into Russian.
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