Transmitting is a two way channel

2011 to 2013

Transmitting is a two way channel deals with the perception of “old” and new media through the concept of radio broadcasting. The work aims to question the social nature of digital information, as well as participative network systems (Internet), that are seen as the opposite to a one directional model of communication tramittion as in old mass media.

Offering a strategy of Reverse search engineering (search engine and reverse engineering), we gain the possibility to use search engines or any other browser text field as a subversive broadcasting unit, consciously communicating with “smart algorithms” that find practical meaning in any textual form.

Paying attention to the physical aspect of information, it becomes traced and tangible over radio transmission, filling up physical space, making the webs of communication happening everywhere around us visible.

The title Transmitting is a two way channel refers to Brecht's critique of the one sidedness of the radio system (later to be mass media in general) in which he argued that every signal recipient should be capable of broadcasting himself, in a way foreseeing the development of the Internet. On the other hand, the sole expansion of the Internet has passed a long way from a utopian image of a decentralized network for knowledge exchange to a bureaucratized commercial medium for advertising on which intellectual debate, as well as banal information become the source of capital.

Appropriating a free FM frequency, as a squatting strategy, reminds us that the FM spectrum became a subject of ownership over time, and at the same time consists of an ephemeral structure- air. It could have also stayed a common good, free in both senses of the word, whereas wi-fi technology as a technology of radio is telling of the common use of this technology for the purpose of controlling information systems, as well as, consequently, the unexplored possibilities of the radio spectrum. Documentation of the work on the streets of Lublin, Poland and show in G12HUB