Being Radiotropic

Tega Brain,Being Radiotropic,2016,concrete,wood,custom electronics,candle,spathiphyllum,500x150cm,image courtesy of the artist

We are radiotropes. 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. We prepare for the quiet zone of the subway and notice how data speeds vary as we move between networks and across geographies. Being Radiotropic is a series of eccentric wireless routers that explore this sensitivity and that asks how we might otherwise design our wireless infrastructures. Each router provides an open wireless network that misbehaves and functions in unexpected and eccentric ways. Could our radiotropism be leveraged to attune us to ways of other lifeforms and planetary forces?