February 10, 2006
First Female Browser
Human Browser is a series of wireless Internet performances based on a Wi-Fi Google hack. Thanks to its headset, the actor hears a text-to-speech audio that comes directly from the Internet in real-time. The actor repeats the text as he hears it. The textual flow is actually fetched by a program (set up on a Wi-Fi laptop) that hijacks Google, diverting it from its utilitarian functions. Depending on the context in which the actor is, keywords are sent to the program and used as search strings in Google (thanks to a Wi-Fi PDA) so that the content of the textual flow is always related to the context.
Feb. 2, 2006: Manon Kahle has become the first Female Browser. During four days, the visitors of the Transmediale festival in Berlin have fallen beneath her spell. Extract 1 - Extract 2 - Extract 3 - Extract 4 - Extract 5 - Extract 6. You can also watch here the "guided tour" of the exhibition by Human Browser. On the video you can see works by Simon Penny, the Yes Men and Simon Möller. Videocamera: Valérie Pavia / Florence Pélissier; The video was broadcast on the website of the french newspaper Libération. [via WiFi-ArT]
Posted by jo at February 10, 2006 06:55 PM