7+ ass-kicking Networked-Art Projects

I’m seeing currently more and more converging artistic/activist projects that tackle notions of online/offline, hosted/unhosted. This post is an attempt of putting them next to each other and search for their shared narrative. Is it a movement? Or merely a convergeance of ideas and technologies?

Dead Drops | Un-cloud your files in cement!

What: “an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space.” Already a classic. Read here the original blog post (October 2010). It’s defeating the expectations towards “networked art”, in the same way the Random Screen installation was defeating expectations towards “interactive art”.
Who: Aram Bartholl
Link: https://deaddrops.com/
Code: n.a.

dead-drops

It’s important to note that the project went viral, and has spawned variations across the world. For instance, the Dakar Dead Drop Fiction project in Senegal, in 2012.

Newstweek

What: “Newstweek is a device for manipulating news read by other people on wireless hotspots.”
Who: Julian Oliver, Danja Vasiliev
Code: http://newstweek.com/howto
License: GNU GPLv3

newstweek

The Weise7 in/compatible Laboratorium Archive

What: a book that contains a tiny circuit board that runs an Internet independent wireless server, hosting an archive of projects (needs 2x AA batteries).
Who: Julian Oliver, Danja Vasiliev
When: March 2012
Link: http://weise7.org/book/
Code: ??

Captives of the Cloud

What: Critical design inquiry/essay.
Who: Metahaven
When: September 2012
Link: http://www.e-flux.com/journal/captives-of-the-cloud-part-i/
Code: n.a.

Captives-of-the-cloud

Qaul.net

What: “qaul.net implements a redundant, open communication principle, in which wireless-enabled computers and mobile devices can directly form a spontaneous network. Text messaging, file sharing and voice calls are possible independent of internet and cellular networks. Qaul.net can spread like a virus, and an Open Source Community can modify it freely.”
Update: in October 2013, Chinese authorities denied an entry visa to Wachter & Jud.
Who:Christoph Wachter & Mathias Jud
When: started in 2011, released in 2012, still ongoing.
Link: http://qaul.net/
Code: https://github.com/wachterjud/qaul.net
License: GNU GPLv3

qaul-net

OFFLINE ART: new2

What: exhibition at XPO GALLERY, Paris. “Web-based art works will be disconnected from the Internet but accessible via a wireless network”.
Who: curated by Aram Bartholl
When: February-March 2013
Link: http://datenform.de/offline-art-new2.html

Offline-Art

SuperGlue – system for independent and distributed Web

What: “a distributed version of Hotglue, a Content Manipulation System that allows anyone to construct a website directly in a web-browser.”
Who: Danja Vasiliev
When: coming soon (2013)
Link: http://lgru.net/archives/5392
Code: n.a.

Captive Portal

What: “a network of open WI-FI access points freely accessible in public space. By logging on to one of these access points it becomes possible to view a single web page, disconnected from the internet, containing artistic material in the form of text, video, downloadable PDFs, interactive web pages, sounds or other formats”
Who: Kristoffer Ørum
When: upcoming (2014)
Link: http://oerum.org/work/?/solo/CaptivePortal/
Code: n.a.

captive-portal

Firecloud

What: “a basic publishing platform building upon a distributed, P2P network of Firefox browsers.”
Link: http://firecloud.co/ / http://literaci.es/firecloud
Who: Vinay Gupta and Doug Belshaw
When: upcoming

firecloud