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.
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.