Peter Jellitsch


Electronic Topographies

I move through space, my body gets coated from electronic waves. I do not recognize them physically but the connecting instrument that I am constantly bonded informs me about their appearance. Through apparatus my body, organs and environment are in close contact. The city, that I‘am in, is subdivided, carved, segregated and coated by electromagnetic oscillation. Dimension unit for the public space is not meter, kilometer or decibel anymore, it`s milliwatt, hertz and gigabyte. Stacked concrete, planted seeds, surfaces acupunctured by steel are certified on their conductance. Relations and streams are the juggernauts of my city.

Citys are slightly transforming due to several phenomenas. Radio wave and the resulting ubiquitous communication possibilities is one of the very contemporary factors with which a city has to deal with. Since the beginning of the 90s a high effort was taken on the distribution of mobile communication aerials.

Now, 20 years later, austria is one of the densest covered regions in the world with 20% more mobile phone subscribers than inhabitants (source: GSM Association & Europe Technologies Limited, Jan. 2009). In my observation, the city center of Vienna was used as testing laboratory which stands exemplarily for the extremly dense Austrian network coverage.

 

The electronic topographie drawing series is trying to simulate the actual situation on electromagnetic cones which are coating the physical space. Focusing on transmitter heads for mobile communication, the drawing and animation series allows to have a alternate view on public areas which are now qualified through it‘s connecting possibilities.

Advisors: Nasrine Seraji, Wolfgang Tschapeller

Peter Jellitsch


Electronic Topographies