Binär platten, 2012
Binaer platten is a modification of a 1960's PHILIPS 'picnic turntable'. Drawing from the Punch Card media that predates modern computer storage systems, this turntable has been adapted to read specially designed perforated/digital vinyl disks. By placing a disk on the turntable, the perforations are read which in turn invoke content describing both the modification process of the turntable and the creation of the discs.
In addition to this the user is able to interact with the program assigned to every disc by changing the speed of the turntable or also by manipulating the vinyl directly by hand.
Due to the complexity and sensitivity of the reader, wrong data will be transmitted to the computer, much like 'scratching' a normal vinyl record. In this case, instead of correcting the error, intentionally erroneous data will be played back.
The Infinite Contemporaneity Device, 2012
Scrolling the mouse wheel pulls updates from Internet news sources. The first messages are older but prominent headlines. As one scrolls faster, more recent updates appear. Eventually, when official news sources are exhausted, the device begins pulling up-to-the-second information directly from Twitter at a rate of hundreds of updates per second.
One may consume information as fast as the human eye can perceive.
The Black Chamber, 2012
The Cabinet Noir was the name given in France for the secret office where the post of suspected persons was opened and inspected before being forwarded to its final recipient. Governments since have used similar Black Chambers to spy on their populations communication via telegram, telephone and internet media.
In order to avoid detection, some individuals have resorted to the technique of Steganography, where communications are hidden in seemingly innocent messages. This can lead to a state of paranoia where every text may contain evidence of nefarious intentions.
This work takes the email exchange and data produced for the WEISE7 Labor exhibition and mixes it with the text of Edgar Allan Poe's detective story "The Purloined Letter". The result is a paranoid archive of implied subtext.
The Transparency Grenade, 2012
The lack of Corporate and Governmental transparency has been a topic of great controversy in recent years, yet our only tool for encouraging greater openness is the slow, tedious process of policy reform.
The Transparency Grenade overcomes these frustrations, making the process of leaking information from closed meetings as easy as pulling a pin. Equipped with a tiny computer, microphone and powerful wireless antenna, the Transparency Grenade captures network traffic and voice data at the site and securely and
anonymously transfers it to a dedicated server where it is mined for information. Email fragments, HTML pages, images and voice extracted from this data are then presented on an online, public map, shown at the location of the detonation.
Whether trusted employee, civil servant or concerned citizen, greater openness was never so close at hand.
Föhnseher (Seer of Warm Winds), 2012
Föhnseher rises from the scrap heap of analog TV. Unlike other televisions, Föhnseher captures and displays images downloaded by people on surrounding local wireless networks.
Other people's phones, laptops and tablet computers all become broadcast stations for this device, replacing the forgotten television towers of old.
Try connecting to a strong open wireless network ('Labor-Wireless', for example) using your network capable device. Images you see in your browser may appear on the Föhnseher.
CPU City, 2012
A map of a city is usually a result of a combination of urban planning and impromptu building interventions by its inhabitants. Urban planning, in history, often regarded urban problems as problems of programming ; thus applying programmable solutions. Increasingly, buildings must be related not only to their natural and urban contexts, but also to their integration of network interfaces. This proposed city map is an emphasis of such an approach.
It is a reading of the city of Shenzhen as a computer mainboard diagram. The tasks of the computer processor are translated to certain city functions. Pipelines and conductors become silicon roads and active and passive components turn into buildings, residential and commercial areas; electric impulses become traffic. This CPU City Model is an undertaking to express a cartography of the usually unseen - a formal printed circuit board layout that blends the logical order with a new
world mapping. It expresses how our cities are increasingly rationalized as information systems.
The 120days of *buntu, 2011
'120days of *buntu' is a collection of 120 modified Ubuntu Operating Systems. Each system talks about a specific topic using concepts familiar to every desktop computer user.
Parts of modern desktop OS used and violated to archive the desired effect; modified Desktop environment, hacked Linux Kernel, altered binaries, spiced-up configuration files and endlessly more 'mods' turn utilitarian software into expressive masterpiece. All versions fork from the source of popular Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution, and redistribute through the Internet and beyond.
TEMPEST radio, 2012
'TEMPEST' is a codename referring to the investigation and study of compromising emissions
TEMPEST radio is a radio receiver engineered to ignore any signals that are intentionally transmitted and instead reveal any signals that are unintentionally transmitted. A conventional radio transmitter and receiver uses a carrier wave of a specific frequency, and limits the transmitted and received energies to this frequency, but in fact any transition of an electric signal between on and off, between current and no current, will also transmit a burst of electromagnetic energy. These signals will not be limited to one carrier wave frequency but instead each such sharp transition will be constituted of all the odd harmonics that combined makes a square wave. Tempest radio listens to correlations between the harmonics at these odd multiples of the tuned frequency.
By tuning the radio you can listen to the correlation between odd harmonics with different base frequencies. If you put your phone or camera or other electronic device on the antenna in front of the radio you can explore the emissions from the device by tuning through the frequency range of the radio.
This project examines the possibilities of simulating network traffic of an entire remote network infrastructure. Wireless network packages are directly captured from the area of Weise7, located in Weisestrasse 7 in Neukölln.
Those packages are tunneled through and instantly being played back within the premises of HKW through. 14 WIFI routers are seperately tuned into one of the 14 channel frequencies of the 802.11 standard. Paketbrücke plays with the idea of simulating entire network situations by repositioning electromagnetic infrastructure/architecture into different space. Mobile phones which usually use surrounding WIFI-networks to determine their location will be 'geo-hijacked' and 'think' that they are located close to Weise7 in Neukölln.
is a digital network that uses an urban public transport system as its information carrier. Permission-less, distributed and parasitic, Netless
presents an independent communication strategy; an invisible digital network that needs neither wires nor dedicated radio frequencies.
Each communication device in a Netless system helps its users' avoid controlled and observed networked spaces such as the Internet. Free from governmentally owned medium channels (radio frequency ranges, emission power regulations), proprietary locked technologies and cable networks, Netless
stays Yours Truly.
This Netless installation is a scaled down model of the system, demonstrating its function using two 'trains' and messaging terminals.
Opaque devices, spyware, search engines and phones that talk about us behind our back: the deep reach of technology in our lives shapes both how we read the world and what we do in it.
The Weise7 in/compatible Laboratorium is an experimental workspace set up as an exchange between an artist and engineer run studio space at Weisestraße 7 in Neukölln and the Labor Berlin gallery at HKW. The Studio Weise7 exhibition brings together a series of works that frame a volatile interrogation of our increased dependence on machines, computer networks, databases and digital automation. The works consist of curious devices, software and circuitry, each representing a unique, critical engagement with the challenges of our "techno-political condition". In doing so, they serve as triggers for discourse, code for study and tools for deployment.
Weise7: the incompatible laboratorium
exhibition is taking place at Labor-Berlin/Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Find detailed location information here
Personalized guided tours can be arranged by email: weise7[at]blast.k0a1a.net
is a space run by engineers and artists.
We are situated in Berlin-Neukölln, Germany.
Get hold of us: weise7[at}blast.k0a1a.net
See our previous public show: http://0x00we15e7.hotglue.me
in/compatible with: transmediale 2K+12
curated by: Kristoffer Gansing
sing-up: in/compatible workshops
at Weise7 Laboratorium
A series of four workshops executed at Weisestraße 7, Berlin will include:
20-21 February: UNSCREWING THE UNKNOWN
10-11 March: OS MODIFICATION
19-20 March: PARANOID STEGANOGRAPHY
26-27 March: NETWORKSHOP
Weise7 - The Book, 2012
"Weise7, the incompatible laboratorium" publication is an Internet independent, digital archive. It is comprised of a small, custom-made wireless device and a traditional book cover. Once the book is open, a device inside is powered on; this effectively creates a wifi network. People can join that network with their smart-phones, tablet computers and laptops. Archival materials and documentation contained in the book can be navigated through by using a regular web-browser.
Just like any other book the Weise7 archive is immutable - it is a time snapshot encapsulated into a new kind of publication.