Föhnseher by Julian Oliver (2011) rises from the scrap heap of analog TV. Unlike other televisions, Föhnseher captures and displays images downloaded by people on surrounding local wireless networks. Other people’s phones, laptops and tablet computers all become broadcast stations for this device.
The current implementation watches just on one (open) network. Julian explains that it is also possible to sweep all channels, looking for traffic on other networks. The signal is translated from VGA->SVideo->[modulator box]->TV(RF).
Julian is a New Zealander, Critical Engineer and artist based in Berlin. His projects ahave been presented at many museums, international electronic-art events and conferences, including the Tate Modern, Transmediale, Ars Electronica and the Japan Media Arts Festival. His work has received several awards, ranging from technical excellence to artistic invention and interaction design. He has also given numerous workshops and master classes in software art, augmented reality, creative hacking, data forensics, computer networking, object-oriented programming for artists, virtual architecture, artistic game-development, information visualisation, UNIX/Linux and open source development practices worldwide. In 2011, Julian won the Golden Nica (1st prize) Interactive Arts category, Prix Ars Electronica, 2011.
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