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(Pics) A Noospheric Atlas of the United States

Brett Ian Balogh creates beautiful abstractions that document the mass media's airwave occupation.

Lisa Baldini
Lisa Baldini on October 12, 2009.

Artist Brett Ian Balogh gives a face to the invisible web of communications that fill the air around us with his project “A Noospheric Atlas of the United States“. Using algorithmic logic to filter and define the relationships between television and radio, the resulting compositions are reminiscent of Jeremy Blake‘s video paintings.

Balogh explains:

This work in progress aims to map the hertzian space created by the United States’ mass media broadcast stations. This space is not definable in traditional terms of surveyed boundaries of state and local territories, but rather by electrical fields and consumer markets in the air around us. Geospatial data provided by the FCC is rendered as translucent shapes whose color is determined by the type of service (AM/FM/TV). The resulting image depicts a landscape formed by our collective communications. The project is planned as a series of print atlases as well as a web-based, interactive map database.

Brett Ian Balogh

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Lisa Baldini is a regular contributor to PSFK.com. As a student of Graham Harwood, Luciana Parisi, and Matthew Fuller, Lisa's interest in technology lies in how culture is changed from the bottom up through history, materiality, databases, user experience, and affective computing. A student of social media marketing, she sees how people try to engage consumers through technology and how much failure is at hand by misunderstanding the medium. A teacher at heart, she writes and curates in an effort to link the knowledge derived between the academic, art, and business worlds.

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