Touch of the network

Surveyors tripod, 9:16 light box, electronics, mobile broadband with public static IP. Looping video (3 min) and installation. The searchlight mounted on top of surveyors tripod turns and bursts light towards the physical location where it is being targeted from over the networks.


Part of the series Subocean Botlights:

Field can be seen as a physical space but also as a technological network between things. The object in the field also functions as a bate being open to communication from automated processes, from bots — to communication between machines that is inevitable upon entering the network. Motives of these acts of communications are mostly unknown. Each request from a robot, kind of a touch of the network, triggers the object to orient itself towards the physical location where the communication originated from.



The work was partly developed at WRO Art Center within the framework of EMAP / EMARE and co-funded by Creative Europe with additional production support from Cultural Endowment of Estonia.



Teostuse Meistriklass in SIRP by Juhan Soomets (in Estonian)




Installation views at Tallinn City Gallery:


Installation views by Karel Koplimets / Tallinn Art Hall