August 5, 2013
Electrosmog Montréal

I’ve posted about Jean-Pierre Aubé’s work before (Nocturne), this is equally stunning…


Electrosmog Montréal, 0.1 MHz – 144 MHz is a live generated video (made in Processing) which layers a video feed of the skyline of Montréal with a visualisation of the radio frequency spectrum. It is part of the artists Electrosmog series.

In his Electrosmog series, Jean-Pierre Aubé searches out ambient radio frequency activity in the urban landscape of Montréal, which for Aubé forms a singular territory, characterized by its density in the city and by the political and economic issues that accompany it. Equipped with a radio, an antenna, and home-made software, the artist sweeps the titular spectrum of radio frequencies. Every tenth of a second, the device takes a snapshot of its readings – a measure of electromagnetic activity on a specific frequency. This information is then paired with images of Montréal, digitally altered by these same measurements, to create a “documentary in sound” of the city’s spaces. Montréal, well-known to the artist after years of radiofrequency experiments here, is the eighth city in which Aubé has measured and visually presented this urban Electrosmog.

Other works in the series include: Electrosmog S.J.s.R., Electrosmog 824-894 MHz, Electrosmog – Live and Electrosmog Tallinn.


Above: Electrosmog S.J.s.R. installation.


Above: Electrosmog – Live performance.

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