Ether

In the common language “ether” is the term used to indicate in a generic way the atmospheric space as a place of wireless data transmission, including radio and television broadcasts.

The expression was born at the origins of radiotelegraphy, when Guglielmo Marconi in his transoceanic radio propagation experiments from Europe to America used ionospheric propagation or the propagation of radio waves that exploits electromagnetic reflection from the conducting ionized atmospheric layer, which is the ionosphere, allowing its propagation beyond the simple optical range between transmitter and receiver or beyond the limits imposed by the Earth’s curvature. Initially it was not clear what the radio waves reflected on and therefore he again resorted to the concept of “aether”.

Today our life seems inextricably linked to wireless technology that uses the ether as a place for transmitting signals: radio, microwave, infrared. To allow this type of transmission, each device must have an integrated chip inside that can transmit and receive information over the air.

 “Etere” is a long-term project to study the change in the landscape following the boom in wireless technology. The focus is concentrated on the territory of northeastern Italy. A land of visual short circuits between scenic wonders such as the Dolomites and industry. We cannot see with the naked eye the jungle of signals that surround us and I felt the need to tell the visible impact of the exploitation of the ether through a study of the infrastructures that allow it.