The Electromagnetic Fountain

Life: A User’s Manual

leave a comment »

(situationist)

Michelle Teran, since 2003

A User's Manual

[From the website: To understand the extent to which the multitude of transmissions circulating through the airwaves permeate cities and blur the boundaries between the private and the public, the best thing to do is go out on the street and intercept them. This is what Canadian artist Michelle Teran has been doing since 2003 with her series of interventions “Life: A User’s Manual”. Armed with a frequency scanner, Teran intercepts signals from wireless video cameras around the area she is walking in, and displays their images on a portable monitor on the street. From the analogue fog there arise ghostly non-places like hotel lobbies, banks and automatic tellers, but also spaces as private as a baby’s nursery. These walks become a real-time map of what is happening in the narrow unregulated range of the spectrum, where a series of devices operate (wireless webcams, bluetooth security cameras or mobile telephones), turning consumers into “micro-broadcasters”. For Michelle Teran, to place a camera somewhere is usually a way of protecting what it displays, and strengthening its borders. “Life: A User’s Manual” shows that the borders of physical reality do not match those of Hertzian space.]
URL: http://www.zemos98.org/festivales/zemos988/reclaim/michelle_teran_eng.htm
Michelle’s website: http://www.ubermatic.org/life/

Advertisements

Written by ajsteggell

May 4, 2007 at 3:41 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: