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a chest strap (corset) equipped with high torque servo motors & a WiFi-enabled game-console that "visualizes" the presence of closed, encrypted wireless networks through bodily pain. "everyday walks between home, work & leisure are recompiled into a schizogeographic pain-map" (literally) imprinted on the human body.

by keeping track of any alteration of everyday walking routines, the resulting geographical GPS maps show a psychogeographic pain-map, as well as reveal the wearer’s admiration for gentle tortures.

[link: yugo.at & neural.it|via we-make-money-not-art.com]

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5 COMMENTS

This is a good idea how?

Mon 12 Nov 2007 at 4:18 PM
marcus

Huh? So, literally, if this guy walks past an encrypted network, the device, like, pinches him? WTF

Mon 12 Nov 2007 at 5:15 PM

Until I followed some of the links, I didn't even understand what this device did. Now I understand that it constricts harder the stronger or more numerous closed wireless networks there are. Okay. As has been already said, WTF? I mean, what sort of teenage sado-melodramatic "artist" bs is this? It's not that I think pain is intrinsically bad or anything like that, or even that likely pain is bad, but if you're going to have devices that hurt you, why should it be for something so arbitrary as walking past a wireless router? At least "The Walker" is interactive (though still I maintain, stupid).

Wed 14 Nov 2007 at 1:19 PM
bengreen

it's crazy

Tue 08 Apr 2008 at 4:51 AM

I don't understand why ppl would post such negative comments. If you're only response is WTF, then allow me to retort.... WTF, WTF?!

The apparatus/performance functions on multiple levels:
1. Makes the user physically aware of the invisble, dynamic, physical hertzian space created by the ubiquitous electronic equipment, upon which we rely, through the sensation of pain.

2. Why pain? So that it's no longer a simple feedback mechanism acting simply as indicator, but an affector that causes a dramatic response in the user. I.E. attempt to take another route to avoid constriction/suffocation/pain.

3. The result is that the user is then forced to reinterpret his/her own cognitive map based on the presence of secured wifi networks.

4. Considerable physical pain, largely recognized as a negative sensation is associated to the "Secure WiFi Network" therefore making a statement about the privatisation of the space of media.

5. In an ocularcentric society, it is interesting to see projects that deal with the "touching" of data as opposed to the "seeing" of data.

Seriously, i would have expected more from readers on this site. Grow a couple..... of brain cells!

Mon 17 Nov 2008 at 5:56 AM
d3ssy
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