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      The Captive Portal as Artistic Opportunity and Ascetic Project

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      Politics of the Machines - Art and After (EVA Copenhagen)

      Digital arts and culture

      15 - 17 May 2018

      Contemporary Art, Installation, Networks, Asceticism

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            Abstract

            This paper looks at how the captive portal can be used as an artistic medium, in particular how it can provide opportunities to expose the hidden formal characteristics of networked interaction through a particular, limited, engagement with wireless technology. It will introduce the captive portal as a geographically limited wireless local area network (WLAN) that forces those connected to a single location. The paper will examine how their value as artworks lies in their limitations and draw comparisons to the installation in contemporary art and historical precedents from medieval asceticism. To qualify these observations the author will conclude by discussing a practice based example of using wireless local area networks as an open, democratic and site-specific artwork.

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            Conference
            May 2018
            May 2018
            : 1-6
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            [1 ] Goldsmiths, University of London

            London, UK
            Article
            10.14236/ewic/EVAC18.46
            4841f569-c2da-4dec-b876-c089c37e5e7b
            © Evans. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA Copenhagen 2018, Denmark

            This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

            Politics of the Machines - Art and After
            EVA Copenhagen
            7
            Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark
            15 - 17 May 2018
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Digital arts and culture
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            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

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