Network Topologies

Posted: December 10, 2013

Network Topologies, 2013
Ultraviolet Prints on Carbon fiber plates, Digital Images on Microchips
131 x 91 cm each

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Local Manifestations

Posted: October 25, 2013

Spiros Hadjidjanos
Local Manifestations
October 31 – December 14, 2013

Opening: October 26, 7 – 10 pm

Future Gallery, Berlin

In 1959, the American engineer Paul Baran was charged by the RAND Corporation with the task of designing a telecommunications network resilient enough to survive a nuclear attack. A year later Baran published his proposed solution: a network of distributed nodes without a centralized core. He argued that a distributed network would be indestructible because the connections between its nodes were redundant; multiple redundant connections safeguard a system from total destruction if individual nodes are damaged. A decade later, Baran’s distributed relay node architecture formed the conceptual framework for the first system of inter-networked computers, which would become the basis for today’s decentralized wireless internet.

In Local Manifestations, Spiros Hadjidjanos excavates the topology of our contemporary wireless terrain – the virtual/physical surface of wireless networks through which we communicate – uncovering the interlocking system of nodes and redundant connections upon which this intangible landscape is constructed. As we simultaneously navigate and construct this space, we ourselves become nodes, receivers and transmitters of data contributing to the redundancy and therefore the imperviousness of the system. We become “wireless subjects.”

Within the tensile mesh of a distributed network, it becomes possible to conceive of the relations between fixed entities themselves as objects. Hadjidjanos’ work, in line with realist philosophies, treats them as such; through multiple points of entry, he asks what it could mean to manifest a “relation as object.” The act of manifesting or actualizing relations takes many forms: signals from wireless routers are converted into visible projections; diagrams of Baran’s networks are embedded into the lightweight mesh material of carbon fiber; a person circulates the exhibition space mumbling signals received from a mobile phone; mobile devices become topographical maps and morph into each other in a series of slowed-down animations. In each of these works it is the transitions, movements, and relations that are the object of study.

The “local” is not contrasted here with the “global.” It does not imply an opposition between the singular and fixed or the multiple and connective, but rather contextualizes this exhibition as one object-relation within a theoretically infinite set of iterations. The multiplicity, or redundancy of its outward relations is what is responsible for the integrity of its inner relationships. The exhibition is not “reduceable either to its internal components or to its outward effects” – making it, according to Graham Harman’s definition, an object.

- Elvia Wilk

Unstable Media

Posted: June 16, 2013

Unstable Media, curated by Anne de Vries
Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam
June 22 – Aug. 31
Preview: Saturday, June 22, 17:00hrs

Carbon Fiber Z20:X50 3D

Posted: June 16, 2013

Carbon Fiber Z20:X50 3D
130 x 90 cm
Ultraviolet Print on Carbon fiber plate

Carbon Fiber Z20:X50 3D (Detail)

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Photographic Objects

Posted: January 5, 2013

Photographic Objects Thomas Ruff, Wade Guyton, Seth Price, Kelley Walker, Spiros Hadjidjanos
Text: Markus Kramer
Kehrer, Heidelberg, 144 pages, Deutsch/English, Dec 2012 ISBN 978-3-86828-378-5

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Displacement Maps

Posted: December 3, 2012

Displacement Maps (video still), 2012
Full HD Animation
3:03 min

Displacement Maps, Installation view
von cirne, Cologne

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Yes we’re open

Posted: May 13, 2012

Yes we’re open, curated by Petra Heck, Nimk, Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst, Amsterdam
On view 02 Jun – 30 Sept 2012
Opening 01 Jun 17-19:00hrs


Posted: March 28, 2012

Group Show
Centre d’Art Bastille, Grenoble
07 April – 10 June 2012
Opening 07 April 2012, 19hrs

Network Time – Flow

Posted: February 22, 2012

Network Time at the Future Gallery, Berlin

Network Time at the Import Projects, Berlin

Network Time

Posted: December 9, 2011

Network Time
Wireless router,custom router firmware,fiber optic light,electronics
Dimensions variable

(german version below)

In 1998, in the wake of unchecked dotcom euphoria, the Swatch company joined forces with MIT’s Media Lab to research and promote a concept of chronometry that would “provoke the world into the third millenium.” The two defining features of this “ultimate time” were the decimal division of the mean solar day into 1000 rather than 24 hours and, even more importantly, the abolishment of time zones. According to Swatch, the advantages were obvious: “if a New York web-supporter makes a date for a chat with a cyber friend in Rome, they can simply agree to meet at an “@ time” – because internet time is the same all over the world.” While Swatch began to market a line of futuresque wristwatches capable of displaying @.beat time and even convinced prestigious websites like to adopt the idea, internet time never managed to gain traction on a larger scale. One explanation is that the idea had been ahead of its time, too revolutionary to seem useful to web-pioneers, whose days were still constrained by the analog structure of day and night and not yet sufficiently affected by the internet’s insomniac imperative. A few point-0s later, however, as we begin to spend the majority of our waking hours online, it appears that the idea of introducing merely a new unit of time may simply not have gone far enough.

Underlying Swatch’s endeavor was the assumption that new means of visualizing time can not only reflect, but also change, our understanding of it. Network Time, a new installation proposed by Spiros Hadjidjanos, is driven by similar beliefs about how the instruments at our disposal change the way we think about what is being measured. Network Time consists of several wifi routers set up in an exhibition space to be freely accessed by any mobile internet device. Attached to each router is a slender fiber optic cable, aligned to absorb and magnify the incessant flicker of its traffic LED. The visualized data exchange creates a space viewers can interact with not only physically, but also informationally. Any email sent and every website checked on a smartphone logged in to the routers’ signals modifies the frequency in which the fiber optics light up, ranging from occasional, idle blinks to a frenetic flicker.

Of course, time has not always been thought of as something linear and unchanging, but could only be imagined that way after Enlightenment thinkers had gained access to accurate pendulum clocks that ran independently of perpetual maintenance or weather conditions. Seen as a kind of walk-in clock, Network Time could have a similar power to shape our experience and understanding of temporality. In contrast to our idea of time as progressing in unflinching lockstep, the network time proposed by Hadjidjanos is so susceptible to individual touch that a growing number of single alterations can eventually cancel out each other’s visible effects. The more data is exchanged, the faster the blinking gets, and the harder it becomes to differentiate between individual illuminations.
By suggesting that the fourth dimension is dramatically pliable, Hadjidjanos ventures to evoke a concept of time compatible with the internet’s paradoxical ability to at once empower and efface the individual. In Network Time, time seems to be on each and everyone’s side all at once.

Text: Gregor Quack

Network Time
Wireless router,custom router firmware,fiber optic light,electronics
Dimensions variable

In 1998, beflügelt von noch nicht geplatzten Dotcom-Träumen, verbündete sich der Schweizerische Plastikuhrengigant Swatch mit dem Media Lab des MIT und entwickelte ein Zeitmessungssystem, dass “die Welt hinein ins dritte Millenium” provozieren sollte. Die beiden wichtigsten Merkmale der hiermit etablierten “Ultimativzeit” waren die Aufspaltung eines Tages in 1000 anstatt in Stunden oder Minuten, sowie die restlose Abschaffung unterschiedlicher Zeitzonen. Die Vorteile lagen für Swatch-Marketingstrategen auf der Hand: “Wenn sich ein New Yorker Web-Supporter mit einem Freund aus Rom für einen Chat verabreden will, dann können sich die beiden jetzt auf die gleiche “@ time” einigen – denn Internetzeit ist überall auf der Welt die selbe.” Obwohl einflussreiche Websites wie zur Nutzung der neuen Zeit überredet werden konnten und sogar eine eigene Reihe von .beat-Armbanduhren weltweit auf den Markt kam, setzte sich das neue Konzept nie in größerem Umfang durch. Die Idee schien ihrer Zeit schlicht zu weit voraus um von einer Öffentlichkeit verstanden zu werden, die gerade erst begann, wackelige Schritte hinein ins Internetzeitalter und hin zu damit verbundenen Schlaflosigkeitsimperativ zu wagen. Heute jedoch, einige Punkt-Nulls später, hat sich die Lage offenbar um 180° gedreht. Vielleicht, so möchte man angesichts der massiven Umwälzungen in unseren Alltagsleben meinen, war Swatch im Gegenteil mit dem Konzept einer neuen Zeit nicht radikal genug.

Als treibend für die unternommenen Versuche erscheint in jedem Fall die Überzeugung, neue Visualisierungsmöglichkeiten könnten unseren Zeitbegriff nicht nur reflektieren, sondern ihn aktiv verändern. Auch Network Time, eine neuen Installation von Spiros Hadjidjanos, gründet in der Einsicht, dass die zur Verfügung stehenden Messgeräte unser Verständnis des Gemessenen fundamental beeinflussen können. Durch den Titel als eine Art begehbare Uhr identifiziert, besteht Network Time aus mehreren, im Ausstellungsraum frei zugänglich installierten WLAN-Routern. Angebracht an jedem dieser Router sind Fiberglaskabel, die das beständige Blinken des Traffic-LEDs aufnehmen und so vergrößern. Der visualisierte Datenverkehrs definiert einen Raum, mit dem Besucher nicht nur physisch, sondern auch informationell in Dialog treten können, denn jede von einem in die Router eingeloggten Smartphone gesandte Email, jede angesehene Website verändert die Flicker-Frequenz der LEDs und der den Raum durchspannenden Kabel.

Zeit ist nicht immer als stetiges, geradeliniges Vorwärtsschreiten verstanden worden, sondern erst seitdem die Wissenschaftler der Aufklärung Zugang zu exakten, unabhängig von Pflege und Wetterbedingungen funktionierenden Pendeluhren erlangt hatten. Akzeptiert man Network Time als Vorschlag für eine quer zu Ideen von Linearität und Unveränderlichkeit stehende Art der Zeitmessung, dann zeigt sich hier Potential, unsere Erfahrung und unser Verständnis von Zeit zu formen. Indem er die vierte Dimension als nicht hart und stetig, sondern geschmeidig und biegsam präsentiert, schlägt Hadjidjanos ein Zeitkonzept vor, dass unserer durch die radikalen Umwälzungen der digitalen Revolution veränderten Lebenswirklichkeit Rechnung tragen kann. Network Time teilt die Zeit nicht in sturen Gleichschritt vergehende Stundenpakete, sondern in flexibel beeinflussbare Datenmengen. Die von Hadjidjanos vorgeschlagene Netzwerkzeit vergeht bei hoher individueller Aktivität schneller als bei geringer und begibt sich so in logische Verwandschaft zu der paradoxen Fähigkeit des Internets, zugleich Hochaltar individueller Selbstdarstellung und größter Gleichmacher der Gegenwart zu sein.

Text: Gregor Quack

Network Time Installation
Wireless routers, fiber optic lights, electronics
Dimensions variable

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