Wi-Fi networks populate our urban environments and create intersecting boundaries within physical space. These territories provide us with new and interesting topographies especially if we consider the creative potential of these new spaces.
Captive portals provide a temporary gateway to the Internet, generally a place for businesses to harvest data but for us a place to provocatively host digital artworks. With this we creatively explore captive portal technology as a place to embed artwork in public space.
A curated collection of artworks are installed in the urban environment in one city, hosted on small autonomous Wi-Fi routers. Each work is available through a web-enable device (smart phone, tablet or laptop). To access the piece connect to the Wi-Fi name related to the artwork and a captive portal will appear on screen. This project is realized in collaboration with artist Tim Shaw.
Pictures above : three works were installed as part of electropixel #6 in Nantes, 2016.
Freedom Portal was made with support from Stereolux Nantes and the Finnish Arts Council (Taike).