Network spaces as collaborative instruments: WLAN trilateration for musical echolocation in sound art

Manousakis, Stelios

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper presents the system and technology developed for the distributed, micro-telematic, interactive sound art installation, The Network Is A Blind Space. The piece uses sound to explore the physical yet invisible electromagnetic spaces created by Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). To this end, the author created a framework for indoor WiFi localization, providing a variety of control data for various types of ‘musical echolocation’. This data, generated mostly by visitors exploring the installation while holding WiFi-enabled devices, is used to convey the hidden properties of wireless networks as dynamic spaces through an artistic experience.