Sometimes the online world reveals unsuspected parallel dimensions. This is an unknown restyle of Neural independently (and secretly as we never knew about it) made by NY-based Motion and Graphic Designer, Clarke Blackham. Very nicely made, perhaps only a bit glossier for the magazine’s line, it testifies once more how even your most familiar outcomes can have another life somewhere else.
The number of times we find ourselves in a public place looking for an open or accessible wireless network shows to what extent we have to negotiate our digital presence and relationship with the digital entities surrounding us. The resulting “net-scape” is definitively flat with mostly closed commercial and home-based networks. David Darts’ “PirateBox” is a self-contained mobile communicationand file-sharing device shaped like a small black bag with antennas and a white “skull & bones” sign. Using strictly FLOSS software it creates wireless file-sharing networks, which users in the area can join and then chat anonymously and manipulate lots of different digital content. The personal and “local” dimension in networks reaffirms the importance of the spatial element of communication. The proximity between the users becomes a new and possibly binding value, alongside the coveted power to access all the remote knowledge on the internet, potentially enabling alternative explicit or mediated social processes.