Category Archives: Art

Visualizing wifi through light paintings

WiFiIt’s invisible and pervasive, filling the areas around us until those moments when we absolutely need it and it’s nowhere to be found. Sure, I just described air, but what my laptop needs to breathe is wifi. As a team from Olso who visualized wifi using a measuring rod with 80 LED light points on it said, “The city is filled with an invisible landscape of networks that is becoming an interwoven part of daily life.” Their project Immaterials: Light painting WiFi “explores the invisible terrain of WiFi networks in urban spaces”. The lights on the LED rod responds to measured Received Signal Strength (RSSI) of a various networks as they walk through the city, while they capture the light paintings on film through long-exposure photography.

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Touchscreen gestures as interactive sculptures

Touchscreen Gestures

Touchscreen devices have become so ubiquitous that the five multi-touch gestures we use to operate them are now entirely second nature to us (and first nature to babies who are introduced to tablets as their first interactive experiences). Design student Gabriele Meldaikyte has translated what these gestures would look like if they were used to interact with analog objects, creating interactive sculptures that mimic the multi-touch experiences of  tap, scroll, flick, swipe, and pinch. As much as these gestures are a part of our present habits, things inevitably change. Meldaikyte believes that :

…in ten years or so these gestures will completely change. Therefore, my aim is to perpetuate them so they become accessible for future generations.

Water light graffiti

The “Water Light Graffiti” is an interactive art project by Antonin Fourneau. On a surface made of thousands of LEDs that react to the contact of water, viewers are invited to make graffiti with water guns, spray bottles, or just their fingers. The result is a brilliant ever-changing light display that mimics street art. From Digitalarti:

Water Light Graffiti is a wall for ephemeral messages in the urban space without deterioration. A wall to communicate and share magically in the city.

Entanglement, a love story

Poets, painters, writers, musicians – all have tried to express love. Not just love, but enduring love. The kind that haunts you forever. How odd is it, then, that the most beautiful expression of romance comes not from artists, but instead from scientists.

Soulmate love, aptly put:


From the artist, Justin Mullins:


The connections between ordinary objects are fleeting and superficial. Two atoms may collide and separate, never to meet again. Others can stick together by virtue of the chemical bonds they form, until the day that bond is broken.

But there is another type of connection that is far more powerful and romantic. Certain objects can become linked by a mysterious process called entanglement. Particles that become entangled are deeply connected regardless of the distance between them. If they become separated by the width of the Universe, the bond between them remains intact. These particles are so deeply linked that it’s as if they somehow share the same existence.

Physicists do not yet fully understand the nature of entanglement but there is growing evidence that it is a fundamental property of the universe. Unfettered by the restrictions of space, entanglement may be the ghostly bedrock upon which reality is built.