An interactive visualization of the Radio Spectrum as well as a database of artistic and social interventions realized over the past decade.
  • Case Study:
    • Atlas of electromagnetic space
  • Industry:
    • Social
  • Capabilities:
    • Data visualization

Venturing into the field of space and radio technology, the Atlas of Electromagnetic Space is an interactive visualization of the Radio Spectrum as well as a database of artistic and social interventions realized over the past decade. In the theme of radio technologies, the projects are catalogued based on the frequencies they occupy.

On one level, the aim of the project is to provide a clear and comprehensible representation of how the spectrum works in scientific terms. Moreover, how is the spectrum regulated, and what exactly is the relationship of radio spectrums with everyday technologies like radio, TV, WiFi, mobile telephones, and many others. The other aim, and much more important, of the Atlas is to create an archive of all the different interventions in Hertzian Space. This archived was conceived and executed by artists, designers, activists, hackers, and other members of civil society. We see this to be especially relevant because it demonstrates how alternative readings and perspectives on these technologies and the policies regulating them can yield to better understandings of their designated use. They can help us better see their potential both culturally and socially beyond their traditional applications. These interventions are also an outstanding example of how different social forces are reclaiming a participatory role in the political processes governing the Spectrum, whereas normally telecommunication industries and official committees would have a voice.

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