In this data visualisation work the unseen landscape where broadcasting happens – the electromagnetic spectrum – is brought to life. Artists Jose Luis de Vincente & Irma Vila worked in collaboration with Bestiario, the Barcelona-based creators who specialise in making intangible things such as networks and relationships more visible to us all.
The radio part of the electromagnetic spectrum is something that cannot normally be seen with the naked eye. This work shows the structure and topology of the spectrum and reveals what kinds of activities happen there, from television and radio, to mobile telephony and wireless internet. Atlas of Electromagnetic Space also showed the assignation of frequencies to different communication protocols, and the cultural, social and artistic interventions that are currently taking place in the spectrum.
Displayed on several large plasma screens located in the central foyer of Middlesbrough’s Institute for Digital Innovation, this installation enabled visitors to interact with the electromagnetic spectrum, and learn more about it.
José Luis de Vicente is a cultural researcher, curator and journalist. He develops projects around creative innovation and social technologies. Among other projects, he directs the VISUALIZAR program at the Medialab Prado art production centre, Madrid. He is a member of the curation committee of Sónar, Barcelona, and a member of the board of FAD, Barcelona's association for Arts and Design. He has been deputy director of ArtFutura and artistic codirector of the Offf Festival. Irma Vilà is a curator and a cultural producer. She explores art, science, society and new media intersections, as a result of her background in physics, multimedia, engineering and arts. She has collaborated in the production and RRPP of festivals as Sónar, Offf and Copyfight as well as in exhibitions in the Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB). Nowadays she works as curator and communication coordinator of ArtFutura Festival, and with Telenoika audiovisual artists collective.
Co-commissioned by AV Festival 08 and NOW: Centre de Cultura Contemporánia de Barcelona (CCCB). UK Premiere.
Preview: Mon 3 March 2008 6pm
Thu 29 February – Sat 8 March 2008
Middlesbrough TS1 3BA