Although we all use WiFi pretty much every day of our lives, I doubt any of us ever stop to think about the fact that a bunch of invisible signals are travelling through the air around us enabling our computers to connect to the internet. We all just take it for granted.
Designer Luis Hernan wanted to challenge this and create a photo collection that displayed the WiFi signals that are surrounding us at all times. In order to do this, he used an Android app called Kirlian Device mobile that visualizes WiFi signal strength using a series of colours. This effectively ‘translated’ the WiFi signals into colours and light.
Here’s what Hernan had to say about it:
I believe our interaction with this landscape of electromagnetic signals, described by Antony Dunne as Hertzian Space, can be characterized in the same terms as that with ghosts and spectra.
They both are paradoxical entities, whose untypical substance allows them to be an invisible presence. In the same way, they undergo a process of gradual substantiation to become temporarily available to perception.
Finally, they both haunt us. Ghosts, as Derrida would have it, with the secrets of past generations. Hertzian space, with the frustration of interference and slowness.
Deep. Mostly it just looks really weird though. You can see the images on the slideshow below.
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