A project by José Luis de Vicente and Irma Vilà in collaboration with Bestiario.
Commisioned by AV Festival 08 and NOW - CCCB Barcelona
The Atlas of Electromagnetic Space is an interactive visualization of the Radio Spectrum, and a database of artistic and social interventions that have been developed in the last decades that employ radio technologies. Projects are catalogued according to the frequencies they occupy.
On one level, the aim of the project is to build a clear and comprehensible representation that will allow users to understand how the spectrum works in scientific terms, how is it regulated, and what is exactly its relationship with common technologies present in everyday life like Radio, TV, WiFi, Mobile Telephony, and many others.
But the most important objective of the Atlas is creating an archive of all the different interventions in Hertzian Space conceived and executed by artists, designers, social movements, activists, hackers and other members of civil society. We believe this to be specially important because it demonstrates how alternative readings and perspectives on these technologies, and the policies regulating them, can enrich their social and cultural potential beyond their designated uses.
These interventions are also an outstanding example of how different social forces are reclaiming a participatory role in the political processes governating the Spectrum, where usually only telecommunication industries and official commitees have a voice.