Art.CHI 2017

Interactive Media Works

A CHI2017 Exhibition

Alerting Infrastructure

Installation shot, Brussels, Belgium, 2004.

Alerting Infrastructure is a physical hit counter consisting of a mechanical jackhammer or drill that translates hits to the web site of an organization into interior damage of the physical building that web site or organization represents. The focus of the piece is to amplify the concern that physical spaces are slowly losing ground to their virtual counterparts. The amount of structural damage to the building directly correlates to the amount of exposure and attention the website gets, thus exposing the physical structure's temporal existence. The project has been exhibited in ten countries to date.

Jonah Brucker-Cohen
Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Networked Culture, Department of Journalism, Communication, Theatre, Lehman College, CUNY