Off Grid: Laser-based TelCo-Fiction

Vor zwei Wochen hatte ich Will Gowlands GPS-Glitchart-Projekt Here Be Dragons gebloggt, jetzt habe ich in seinem Portfolio die mindestens genauso großartige Arbeit Off Grid gefunden. Ein Teil davon ist eine Installation in Form eines Prototyps für ein Laser-basiertes Kommunikationssystem: „A 1:1 interactive prototype for a decentralised laser communications system.Data stored on micro SD cards is sent between each transceiver node over the laser beams using pulse width modulation. Automatic re-routing occurs when a beam is broken.“

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Und daraus hat er dann diesen Kurzfilm gebastelt, in dem er dieses Laser-System in Mexiko platziert, als Alternative zum TelKom-Monopol von Carlos Slim – laut Forbes dem reichsten Mann der Welt – und angelehnt an das autonome Kommunikationsnetzwerk des Kartells. Grandiose Design Fiction vom Feinsten.

Holding a 90% monopoly on telecommunications in Mexico, Carlos Slim is the world’s richest man. With little resilience and at the mercy of corporate greed, we put our faith in these aging centralised systems that are now beginning to show their cracks. […]

Borrowing from the cartels radio communication network, a laser line of sight communication system is created that is not elicit or illegal, but off grid and under the radar. The result is a decentralised communication system that is local, ad hoc and resilient. A performative urban landscape emerges that facilitates the neighbourhood relationships, communities and markets that are lost in a city of global telecommunications. The system is open source and mobile, and the communities of the city soon develop their own constellation of transceivers and mirror relays, cultures, practices and procedures. The telecommunications monopoly is evolving into a DIY city of calibration graffiti, carved and sculpted building surfaces, reflectivity, absorbance and deregulated laser light conversations.

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