NEoN, now in its seventh year, will feature The Nemesis Machine – From Metropolis to Megalopolis to Ecumenopolis. Date – 9th – 30th November 2016
The internet of things meets a smart city head on in The Nemesis Machine is a large installation which is adapted to each place where it is displayed. The artwork represents the complexities of the real time city as a shifting morphing and complex system. It visualises life in the metropolis on the basis of real time data transmitted from a network of sensors.
The artwork you see is a city of electronic components that reflect in real time what is happening. Small screens show pictures of the visitors so that they become part of the city. The artwork lies within the themes of the urban landscape, surveillance culture, privacy and connected city spaces.
The artwork also explores new ways of thinking about life, emergence and interaction within public space. The installation goes beyond simple single user interaction to monitor and survey in real time the whole city and entirely represent the complexities of the real time city as a shifting morphing complex system.
My wireless sensor network is set up to “visualize” the space all around us as ‘worlds’ full of data. These new data-spaces can help us understand the fundamentals of our outside environment. The age of privacy is over. Imagine walking out the door, and knowing every single action, movement, sound, micro movement, pulse, and thread of information is being tracked, monitored, stored, analyzed, interpreted, and logged. The world we will live in seems to be a much bigger brother than the Orwellian vision, it is the mother of big brother.