Julian Oliver (NZ/GER)
The lack of Corporate and Governmental transparency has been a topic of much
controversy in recent years, yet our only tool for encouraging greater openness
is the slow, tedious process of policy reform.
Presented in the form of a Soviet F1 Hand Grenade, the Transparency Grenade is
an iconic cure for these frustrations, making the process of leaking information
from closed meetings as easy as pulling a pin.
Equipped with a tiny computer, microphone and powerful wireless antenna, the
Transparency Grenade captures network traffic and audio at the site and securely
and anonymously streams it to a dedicated server where it is mined for
information. Email fragments, HTML pages, images and voice extracted from this
data are then presented on an online, public map, shown at the location of the
Whether trusted employee, civil servant or concerned citizen, greater openness
was never so close at hand...
Julian Oliver is a New Zealander and Critical Engineer based in Berlin. His
projects and the occasional paper have been presented at many museums,
international electronic-art events and conferences, including the Tate Modern,
Transmediale, Ars Electronica, FILE and the Japan Media Arts Festival. Julian's
work has received several awards, most notably a Golden Nica at Prix Ars
Electronica 2011 for the project Newstweek.
Julian has given numerous workshops and master classes in software art, creative
hacking, data forensics, computer networking, object-oriented programming for
artists, augmented reality, virtual architecture, artistic game-development,
information visualisation, UNIX/Linux and open source development practices
worldwide. He is a long-time advocate of the use of free software in artistic
production, distribution and education.
The Transparency Grenade
The work explores the transparency of wireless communication: join the network "Public Wireless" with your smartphone, laptop or tablet computer and browse the web.
Unencrypted images, URLs, HTML and email will be captured and logged by the Transparency Grenade.
The Transparency Grenade install details
Photos: Aaron Horsley