is the second work in the series of Netless experiments
. It is a table-sized model of a data network based on a city's public transport infrastructure.
Netless is an attempt to define an alternative data exchange strategy. Building upon the principals of Sneakernet data-courier, Netless hooks onto existing city transportation infrastructure.
Read Netless project abstract
Pedestrian ways, roads, subway and bus lines become the vectors of data distribution. This effectively creates a parasitic type of network, independent of commercial data carriers, government-owned cable networks and state regulations. Data exchange within the context of Netless chain is not affected by political and monetary decisions. Due to the actual absence on the transport medium as such the subjects of network ownership, correction and regulation are removed.
Small transponder devices attached onto city vehicles or carried around by the citizens create a flat, horizontally structured network. Whenever two or more devices appear in a vicinity of each-other they swap the data contained within. Hopping in a chain-like manner from one device to another the data eventually gets widely distributed.
The devices participating in this exchange don't need to be individually addressed - the data simply flows to a nearest neighbor; like that the entire structure remains completely anonymous, it is impossible to determine where the data originates from and where it is destined to.
is roughly based on a schematic of 1986 Berlin's subway which, coincidentally, happened to be built in a "star" shape. The choice for star-like topology in city planning however is not accidental - just like in computer networks such layout proves to be the most effective in distribution and exchange between peripheries and the center.
Peaks of Netless2
network represent different city districts, connected between each-other by two "metro" lines. Trains operating of those "metro" lines run from one area to another, picking up data at one place and carrying it across the city. In this model city districts are symbolized by computer terminals (laptops) installed at each corner of the model; visitors can type-in and send their own messages and see messages arriving from others.
Daphne Dragona on Netless
Metro map (fragment), Berlin 1986
"Star" network topology
Netless2 train (model)
Netless2 installation at "Weise7: the in/compatible laboratorium", Transmediale 2k+12/HKW