Nomadic streaming at Art Basel

A freeform broadcasting experiment will occur on June 16th, with aethernauts (joined by the Dock18 staff) transmitting from the International Art Fair in Basel, Switzerland (and possibly from some other locations, including Tehran and Sydney).

This follows first experiments with mobile streaming carried out by the Aether team in October 2009 during their Berlin residency, and on March 26th during a performance in the frame of Pixelache festival.

The streaming is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. CEST (GMT+2) and will last approximately until 7 p.m.

The transmission will include live footage of the “Celestial Hopscotch”, a scenographic happening that will be carried out on the outskirts of Art Basel by French artist and zerographer Frank Ancel (at approximately 5 p.m.).

Quoting Franck Ancel: “At the Universal Exposition of Paris in 1900, Loïe Fuller danced under the flag of its electricity pavilion. [I offer] the chance for everyone to design their own virtual Pavilion, to “dance” on the ground of world cities, a hopscotch grid already present on five continents where the land becomes zero and the sky infinite.” A first Celestial Hopscotch grid has been drawn on May 19 in rue de l’Exposition, Paris. The final one will be performed in Shanghai, just before the closing of the 2010 World Fair.

For more info, check the event’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=100175690028339

Some tech info

The transmission team in basel will be using the following hardware:

  • Asus EEE 1000H netbook
  • Huawei Mobile Broadband E1762 USB stick (with a Swisscom prepay plan)
  • Aiptek Trio VGA+ USB webcam

The same setup has produced those lovely video fragments during the Pixelache perfo in March.

More info will be posted here soon!