Invisible Fields: Geographies of Radio Waves

"Immaterials: Light Painting WiFi" by Timo Arnall (with Jørn Knutsen & Einar Sneve Martinussen). To be exhibited in Invisible Fields.

If you’re going to be in Barcelona, at any point over the next six months, please do drop by Arts Santa Mònica on the Ramblas to see the Invisible Fields exhibition I’ve curated with José Luis de Vicente.

Full details below:

Invisible Fields: Geographies of Radio Waves,  14 October 2011 – 4 March 2012, Barcelona

Invisible Fields is a major new international exhibition at Arts Santa Mònica in Barcelona Spain, co-produced by Lighthouse. It brings together over a dozen internationally known artists, designers and scientists to explore the radio spectrum – the invisible environment that underpins contemporary technology. Co-curated by José Luis de Vicente and me, the show includes significant works by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Trevor Paglen, Timo Arnall, Joyce Hinterding and many more. The show is presented in the Laboratory space of Arts Santa Mònica, directed by Josep Perelló.

Invisible Fields explores how our understanding of our world and our cosmos has been transformed by the study of radio waves. With the invention of telecommunication technology at the end of the 19th century, the radio spectrum became a tool for rethinking the world we live in. Radio collapsed geographical distance, crossed borders and cultures, became a powerful catalyst for commerce and enabled scientists to study the cosmos in entirely new ways. Yet whilst the radio spectrum is the invisible infrastructure that enables the technologies of information and communication, most people are unaware of the way it works, how it is managed, and how it is has shaped our understanding of our lived environment. Invisible Fields aims to shine a light on this enigmatic landscape.

The exhibition differs from past explorations of these topics, in that it is conceived as an interdisciplinary blend of social-cultural analysis, science communication, and artistic practice.  It includes: Timo Arnall (BERG), Thomas Ashcraft, Matthew Biederman, Anthony DeVincenzi (MIT Media Lab), Diego Diaz and Clara Boj, Joyce Hinterding, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Trevor Paglen, Job Ramos, Semiconductor, Luthiers Drapaires, and Rasa Smite & Raitis Smits (RIXC).

A catalogue in Spanish, Catalan and English editions is being published and will be available in November. It features essays by Douglas Kahn, Adam Greenfield, Martin Howse, Josep Perelló and others.


Dates: 14 October 2011 – 4 March 2012

Times: 1100 – 2100, Tuesday – Sunday

Venue: Arts Santa Mónica

La Rambla, 7

Barcelona, Spain


Organized by Arts Santa Mònica

Produced by Arts Santa Mònica, in association with Lighthouse.

Curated by: José Luis de Vicente and Honor Harger. Assisted by: Irma Vilà


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