5 custom printed circuit boards, ethernet patch cables, 80/20 aluminium
Courtesy: Addie Wagenknecht & bitforms gallery, New York
XXXX.XXX is a wall sculpture consisting of five circuit boards and hundreds of flashing green lights connected by a tangle of Ethernet cables. Addie Wagenknecht‘s work is a „packet sniffing sculpture“: the circuit boards tap into data streams on nearby Wi-Fi spots and analyze them. Every blink indicates this process at work. The data is processed but the sculpture does not share its findings. While post-Internet discourse primarily focuses on commercial web interfaces and endless image circulation, Wagenknecht is interested in the underlying and omnipresent, yet, invisible machine architecture. XXXX.XXX is a “passively interactive” sculpture, which emulates a server room. It is a bleak, severe homage to the “post-Snowden era” where surveillance, intrusion into systems, and data collection is ubiquitous.