Little Brinkland

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Please check the site for live updates of the project.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Yellow Chair WiFi Security Update

Anab and I have been checking out options for WiFi security for Yellow Chair San Jose. We are going to link a router for our open network via ethernet cable to the households secured router and onto the internet. The household can still use there existing network with full protection while we will run the project outside via the open router.

We are still looking for households to take part. If you are interested in helping us bring this project to life please be in touch - time is ticking : )


Monday, May 29, 2006

Advert Posted in Craigslist


Hello from Anab and Tom,

We are in the process of planning a project that will be part of ISEA, an international biannual electronic art festival, coming to San Jose in August.

Our project is simple, a yellow chair on the street advertises an open WI-FI network from which people will be able to access a ‘yellow chair’ website. A very local community space for sharing, ideas, questions, answers, recipes, music, etc, both around that chair and with another yellow chair community in another neighbourhood across town.

The project is all about how domestic wireless networks can be built upon to create a lively community space.

We are looking for 2 households that have wireless internet and are interested in seeing how this might develop into a live art project for 1 week. All of this will happen in the public space outside the house and will not interfere with your everyday life. We will be on hand to manage the project on a day-to-day basis, but would love to have you participate as and when you feel like it.

We will cover the cost of your internet connection for the duration of the project.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact us.

Monday, April 03, 2006

What is Yellow Chair San Jose?

"When a local household in San Jose decides its share its wireless network with neighbours and other strangers, the house members do not know what to expect. Few curious passersby stop by to see what would happen next. There is a rumour that somewhere else, at the other end of town, another household with a yellow chair is doing the same thing. What was going on? The rumour mill worked overtime, as people wondered why anyone would want to sit on a yellow chair to access a wireless network. But for those who sat on the chair, they knew it was a unique experience and a lot of fun. They had been ‘invited’ to enter personal networks, share music and movies and shout across town about war and politics if they so wished. They felt like cyber voyeurs, entering unknown territories, grabbing and dropping files across the neighbourhood, across the city, over a cup of coffee."

Yellow Chair San Jose, a project by Anab Jain and Tom Jenkins, will go live in San Jose, August 2006, for the ISEA Interactive City Conference. More on this project coming soon!