'Divination: A Romantic Mutiny in a Maelstrom of Data' is a performance installation that highlights the high accessibility of so-called private data by actively operating a network as a performance tool. Using distributed network of WiFi access points and social media bots, the artwork collects information about its audience and generates audio-visual experience.
OpenWRT custom firmware
Modified captive portal (Wifidog)
Websockets JSON streaming for PureData
Produced by Contemporary Art Tasmania.
The maiden voyage performance of Pyrate Queen and her crew, set sail for the duration of Dark Mofo 10–19 June 2016.
Divination - traditionally a method of visualising the unseen - highlights the ease of access to so-called ‘private data’ and offers an alternative view of the information we transmit on a daily basis. Audiences will be chaperoned by human and non-human agents (that is, ‘chatbots’) called Pirate Girls, through an energetic collision of nautical mythology, computer culture and transgressive fiction. This performance explores our relationship with mysterious or communal forces and how they relate to 21C mass electronic surveillance programs. You 'the audience' [remote or local] are invited to think about the delphic relationship you may have with networks, signals, codes and other things you can not fully comprehend, but may opt in to. The modern Pyrate Queen, is not asking for gold to attend - but your data for the crews collective treasure chest - in order to steer the show.
Divination - performance installation
A maiden voyage set sail for the duration of Dark Mofo 10–19 June 2016;
Toured in 2017 Radical Networks, Eyebeam New York, at was featured in Beijing Media Art Biennale, CAFA Museum 2018.