Going Wireless in the Belle Époque

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Going Wireless in the Belle Époque

Erik Born

— 2015

Erik Born

“Disorderly wires on Lower Broadway about to be cut down”

Image Credit: Harper’s Weekly 33, p. 601

Erik Born
Erik Born
Erik Born

Material - Text

Dimensions - 11 pages

Author - Eric Born

Year - 2015

Very Artistic Director - 

Bernhard Garnicnig

Copy Editing - 

Nadežda Kinsky Müngersdorff

The Belle Époque witnessed not only the construction of the Viennese Palais des Beaux Arts, but also many predictions about possible alliances of art and technology yet to come. In this photo essay, Erik Born puts utopian images of a wireless revolution from around 1900 in dialogue with emerging scholarship on the pragmatics of going wireless since the year 2000. 

Going Wireless in the Belle Epoque appears in Issue 7.1 of continent.

(…) One of the main attractions of wireless technology, as Grant Wythoff argues, was that it promised to wrap the vast infrastructure of wired systems around the bodies of individual users, thereby creating a form of “pocket wireless,” not unlike a smartphone. The projected capabilities of such wireless gadgets easily outpaced technical limitations, though science and fiction remained interdependent in these wireless futures.

Material - Text

Dimensions - 11 pages

Author - Eric Born

Year - 2015

Very Artistic Director - 

Bernhard Garnicnig

Copy Editing - 

Nadežda Kinsky Müngersdorff

Material - Text

Dimensions - 11 pages

Author - Eric Born

Year - 2015

Very Artistic Director - 

Bernhard Garnicnig

Copy Editing - 

Nadežda Kinsky Müngersdorff

A Little History of the Wireless Icon (Eine kleine Geschichte des Wireless Icons) is an introduction into the iconographic history of wireless technologies.

English Version / German Version