A navigable terrain of spatialized data

A couple of weeks ago I went to the Tate Modern, for the last weekend of Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera.

One of the pieces was a video from the Bureau of Inverse Technology.

bit plane is a highly compact spy plane, wingspan 20 inches: radio-controlled, video-instrumented and deployed over areas of scenic interest.

Due to its refined dimensions bit plane is able to enter territory inaccessible to other aircraft. Pioneering flight: in an aerial reconnaissance over the Silicon Valley California 1997, bit plane flew solo and undetected into the glittering heartland of the Information Age. Video generated in this exercise includes footage retrieved over no-camera zones Apple, Lockheed, Nasa Ames, Netscape, Xerox Parc, Interval Research, Atari, Hewlett Packard, Oracle, Yahoo, SGI, Sun Microsystems.

It was somewhat fascinating viewing: the low resolution, black and white video, and background radio chatter appealing to the make believe spy in me.

A few lines stuck with me.

AS SEEN FROM THE AIR / THE SILICON VALLEY / DELIVERS THE FUTURE

And there’s the challenge: to find the next vantage point, over the next place, from which to deliver the future.