Ever get annoyed when your network connection drops out in elevators, old stone buildings or as you go through an underpass? Do you find yourself impatiently pacing around to reconnect the signal? Just as other lifeforms orientate themselves in response to the sun’s radiation, many contemporary human behaviours are shaped by electromagnetic landscapes and signal topographies. Being Radiotropic is a series of eccentric wireless routers that probes this sensitivity to explore how we might otherwise design our relationship to wireless infrastructures.
About the Artist
Tega Brain is an artist and environmental engineer. She makes eccentric engineering to examine how emerging technologies redistribute power and agency and to probe externalities. Her work takes the form of online interventions, site specific public works, experimental infrastructures and poetic information systems.
She has recently exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, the Science Gallery Dublin and Eyebeam in New York City. Her work has been widely discussed in the press including in the New York Times, Art in America, The Atlantic, NPR, Al Jazeera and The Guardian and in art and technology blogs like the Creators Project and Creative Applications. She has given talks and workshops at museums and festivals like EYEO, TedxSydney and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
Tega is an Assistant Professor of Integrated Digital Media, New York University. She is an affiliate at Data & Society and works with the Processing Foundation on the Learning to Teach conference series and p5js project. She has done residencies at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, New York City, GASP Public Art Park, and at the Environmental Health Clinic, New York University. In 2013 she was awarded a Creative Australia Fellowship for early career artists from the Australia Council for the Arts.
Image Credit: Being Radiotropic, Tega Brain