WIFI Apocalypse

2014, 1000ft. Cat5e ethernet cable


While we subconsciously assume a wifi signal is limitless because of our constant connection, an individual signal can only travel 1000 ft before a new relay needs to be established. Thus, we rely on the physical infrastructure far more than one might assume. This project began a series of installations which sought to quantify the physical reality of networked systems. To understand what 1000ft of connectivity really meant, 1000 ft of ethernet cable was strung in a continuous line from an initial router––following the city grid in all cardinal directions––until it reached its limit. These journeys challenge the infinite expectations of these invisible signals and the project reveals the complicated reality behind these signals.