Where will our continuing search for a noiseless communication lead us? Noise Aesthetics is a series of hypothetical devices that interfere with electronic communication channels to provoke unpredicted and unexpected outcomes.
Glitches, noise and feedback artefacts are usually considered negative and accidental. Rejecting traditional values of efficiency and perfection, this image series tries to emphasise the generative potential of noise. Rather than a deterioration of meaning, they reveal new potentials – a spark of creativity that indicates that something new is about to be created.
To introduce these intentional flaws, scientific experiments related to randomness and probability are used as a source of unpredictability. Visually these devices are presented as impossible objects that can exist in an imagined space. Melding the familiar and the strange, these images celebrate their artificial and alternative nature.
Device #1: AHA-HUH DEVICE
Two mirrored objects, a real one and a simulation, both exist at the same time; an uncertainty leading to noise generation. The state of objects are never certain until they are observed.
Device #2: MAGNETIC NOISE FEEDER
An object that detects noise from the randomness and chaos from the environment and feeds it into the ‘perfect’ communication signal being transmitted through the cable.
Device #3: QUANTUM FLUCTUATION BIN
The bin emits particles of quantum fluctuations (where energy can change uncertainly at a point in space, violating all the known principles of the conservation of energy). This disrupts the visual reality of what we see in our own environment.
Device #4: NEURON FIRE EXTINGUISHER
This device senses brain activity and picks up glitches from our minds. It then uses that noise to interrupt our otherwise perfect communications world.
8h Ahead, London Design Festival 2014