Wireless Router / Antenna Installation

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Wireless Router / Antenna Installation

Bernhard Garnicnig & Philipp Friedrich

2014 —

Bernhard Garnicnig & Philipp Friedrich

Wireless Router - Studio Portrait

2019

Bernhard Garnicnig & Philipp Friedrich

Wireless Router - Window View
Löwengasse - 2014

Bernhard Garnicnig & Philipp Friedrich

Artifacts - Rosemary Lee

Exhibition Opening - 2015

Material - Wireless Router, Customized Firmware

Dimensions - 29cm x 20cm x 4cm

Year - 2014

Production - Philipp Friedrich

Very Artistic Director, Maintenance -

Bernhard Garnicnig

Thanks - Piratebox, offlineart

Between 2014 and 2018, the Palais des Beaux Arts Wien was hosted on a local wireless network only accessible at its Löwengasse location. The system was based on OfflineArt, developed by Matthias Strubel for Aram Barthol, which was a customized version of PirateBox. The installation was produced by Philipp Friedrich and maintained by Bernhard Garnicnig. It ran on two off the shelf wireless routers (Buffalo and TP-Link). One router was placed in the 2nd floor offices of S+B Gruppe, the other across the street in what used to be Antiquariat Schleifer. The wireless network was best accessed at the street corner of Löwengasse and Paracelsusgasse, though access was sometimes spotty there as well. A full buildout of the wireless infrastructure was attempted but never materialised.

During the launch of each new commission, Bernhard Garnicnig offered guided tours to the exhibition, where he would make sure to bring a smartphone or tablet in case they didn't have a device of their own. If the weather was bad, he also brought an umbrella.


Material - Wireless Router, Customized Firmware

Dimensions - 29cm x 20cm x 4cm

Year - 2014

Production - Philipp Friedrich

Very Artistic Director, Maintenance -

Bernhard Garnicnig

Thanks - Piratebox, offlineart

Material - Wireless Router, Customized Firmware

Dimensions - 29cm x 20cm x 4cm

Year - 2014

Production - Philipp Friedrich

Very Artistic Director, Maintenance -

Bernhard Garnicnig

Thanks - Piratebox, offlineart

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

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