The Consortium for Slower Internet maintains a research laboratory directed by artist, designer, technologist, and MIT alumnus Sam Kronick.
Tallahassee Fiber Loop (February - March 2014)
In February and March 2014, Sam Kronick was invited to be formLab Project Fellow at the Facility for Arts Research at Florida State University. He led a workshop with FSU students to walk the path of the Tallhassee Fiber Loop and produced a series of prints (with Small Craft Advisory Press) documenting the invisible topography of WIFI networks along the route. Read more...
Vinelodeon (November 2013)
The Consortium for Slower Internet is developing an archive of discarded consumer WIFI routers— 21st century design icons and the non-places of cyberspace. Please contact us if you would like to contribute to the collection.
Networks + New Towns (June 2013)
NETWORKS + NEW TOWNS is an extended site study of Jonathan, Minnesota and related areas. The suburban neighborhood of Jonathan was one of the first "totally planned communities" in the Midwest, born during the short-lived "New Town" movement of the late 1960's. It grew up during an era characterized by great faith in the power of urban planning and the transformative potential of communications technology. This work uses Jonathan as a microcosm to understand the ways that we augment the earth with matter and data in an ongoing pursuit of better living. Read more/watch all...
Granular Address (2012)
A machine for assigning IPv6 addresses to individual grains of rice. Made in conversation with Benjamin Bratton of the Center for Design and Geopolitics at UC San Diego. Included in INABA's Adaptation: Architecture, Technology and the City.
Custom software and computer vision algorithms track each grain of rice as it passes through the machine on a conveyor belt. The grains are photographed and assigned a unique IPv6 address within a hierarchy corresponding to the rice's variety and place of origin.