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The Architecture of Radio – Visualizing the invisible architecture of networks


Created by Richard Vijgen, The Architecture of Radio is a site-specific iPad application that visualizes the network of networks (cell towers, WiFi routers, communication, navigation and observation satellites and their signals) by reversing the ambient nature of the infosphere; hiding the visible while revealing the invisible technological landscape we interact with through our devices.

We are completely surrounded by an invisible system of data cables and radio signals from access points, cell towers and overhead satellites. Our digital lives depend on these very physical systems for communication, observation and navigation.

The app was made with Three.js and Ionic Framework. It uses GPS to get the user’s location and finds the cell towers that are within reach from OpenCellID. Subsequently, It calculates the position of overhead Satellites based on JPL’s Ephemeris data. A site specific version of the app that will be on display at ZKM from September 2015 until April 2016 also includes wired communication infrastructure embedded in the exhibition space (the location of WIFI routers and ethernet cables embedded in the building of the gallery space) with aim is to provide a comprehensive window into the infosphere.

Project PageRichard Vijgen

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  • Szabó Gábor Conex

    Hoow to download ? :o W_W

  • Holly Austin

    “The Architecture of Radio will be on display at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe [DE] September 2015 – April 2016” – not being marketed yet.

  • mpeniak

    not interested, no download no interest…

  • yawnnn

    why even post? go away.

  • mpeniak

    Why do you even reply…go away!

  • yawnnn

    Do you high-five yourself in the mirror, too?

  • mpeniak

    Just trolling the hell out of you hahahha, and you totally felt for it