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 small blinking plastic boxes that forge a connection with the digital world (and the upcoming Internet of Things (IoT)) have become ubiquitous in private houses, in much the same way as analogue TV sets were a few decades ago. Their pivotal role in connecting the architectural inside with the outside is often technically challenged by artistic works that reprogram their inner functionality. Saurabh Datta works along these lines in “Poetic Router,” but with a different purpose. He creates a slick “middleman router” connecting to home routers and other connectable devices he finds and monitoring their traffic to servers. Then he scrapes the data, downloading the server’s html pages. Finally he generates poems through a created corpus, reciting them aloud with speech software and through a connected FM radio. Reminiscent of early experiments such as Radioqualia’s Free Radio Linux, this machine can be a prototype of the automatic poet-in-residence, implemented in routers as an advanced feature.