This project was motivated by a desire to analyze and discuss the shortcomings of our dependence on corporate communication networks.
As we keep delegating more and more of our daily lives to fewer and fewer digital platforms, using wires and towers owned by a handful of telecommunication companies, and watched over by an even smaller number of agencies, it becomes important to consider practical and conceptual alternatives for our affections.
On one hand, a laser modem provides a very direct, secure and personal communication channel that can be built to connect points at distances much greater than WiFi could cover.
On the other hand, the point-to-point nature of the link and the fact that it relies on a very thin beam of light to transmit data make it very susceptible to misalignment, interruptions and interference.
A most tenuous connection indeed!
As this is mostly a proof of concept and art installation, we focused on getting one-way communication working, but the circuits could easily be replicated to build two-way transceivers.