The secret body of wireless was an exhibition held at the School of Architecture, Newcastle University. It explores different qualities of hertzian space, understood as the landscape of electromagnetic signals dispersed through physical space and which operates as carrier medium for our digital transfer protocols—such as WiFi networks, cellular networks, bluetooth, GPS, NFC.
The work presented creates a narrative based on the idea of Hertzian space as equated to spectres, phantoms and ghosts. Hertzian space possesses a paradoxical nature, being a physical reality which cannot be directly perceived. Moreover, it shifts in and out of human perception, and operates on a model of evolving densities which is made evident through the use of a mediating digital artefact.
The exhibition explores three levels of interaction with Hertzian Space. The first, the Spirit Photographs, represents a highly mediated interaction, where Hertzian Space is perceived at a distance through a technical and performative interpretation. The chandelier, the installation featuring hanging Android devices, allows visitors to understand in real time how their movements and gestures affect and shape Hertzian Space. In the third level, the application on Google Glass allows for a direct experience of the changing qualities of Hertzian Space as people traverse it.