This project stems from an interest in making un-perceivable things in our landscapes perceivable using devices as an intermediary to extend the sense of the human body. We intend to highlight the amount of radio frequency (RF) based energy that passes through a given space, such as that from radio towers, cell phones and other radio frequency emitting devices. Without the aid of a receiver, this radio energy cannot be heard or seen yet it exists all around us. Most of this energy is generated as a result of human activity, although some is from naturally occurring phenomena such as lightening. This energy will be measured and transcribed into audio output and visual feedback. Through this feedback, we will be able to understand how much RF energy is passing through our environment in the immediate area while encouraging interaction and play with this energy.
Date_ September 27, 2014
Location_ Artspace Building, Winnipeg, Canada
The ElectroSmog Detector was installed in a back alley and was operational from 7pm - 2:30am (the length of the festival).
Michael Lucenkiw and Kevin Berard
copyright Michael Lucenkiw 2014