Electronic Internet, 2012, Allen Riley

Electronic Internet

is an interface in which the electronic physicality of an Internet connection is amplified and made tangible to the user. Using a modified ethernet cable, the analog signals carrying digital packets are brought to the surface of the graphic-user interface in the form of audiovisual pulses and static.

To create this piece, I spliced the transmission (TX) and receiving (RX) wires inside an ethernet cable with audio and video cables, which routes the Internet through an assemblage of guitar pedals and other signal processing equipment.

The electronic fluctuations of the connection are seen and heard through guitar amps and an analog television. By clicking links and loading pages, the user experiences the transmission of data as a physical event.

Electronic Internet was exhibited at the Robert C. Turner Gallery in Alfred, NY in April 2012.