Wireless technology

Case study

Wireless technology has great significance within our society, as a vehicle for networking, yet it is immaterial; we are unaware of its shape and form and its effects on us. As John Cage (2010), poignantly suggests, “We are bathed in radio waves”.

Since we cannot experience it directly through our senses, it is a subject, which is still being debated and developed in all its guises.


This study explores these invisible electronic fields to help us understand its properties, characteristics and infrastructure as a visual language.

This invisible terrain is brought to life using a variety of experimentation; from manipulation and human interaction, to painting this invisible landscape in various locations, from the countryside, to the city, using a light painting technique to measure wireless fidelity’s signal strength.

The ‘WiFi signal strength detector’ is originally by nearfield’s project yourban on immaterials, in which Darren and I re-created again from scratch and developed further, to be used to push new boundaries. To view the original documentary by nearfield please click here.


© 2012 Jon Cleave