On Saturday April 28th, Nick Briz and Brannon Dorsey of Branger_Briz will be leading a ‘Data Safari’ as part of the LEAF: Machine Language exhibition at the Collective Gallery, XXX Public Road, in Lafayette. Meet at The Collective at 10AM and let Branger_Briz lead you on a walking tour of Lafayette’s WiFi landscape, using their software artwork Probe Kit.
Probe Kit is a critical software art project that puts a fragment of the network surveillance and collection capabilities available to larger entities in the hands of “hobbyist network data collectors.”
Branger_Briz in collaboration with Brannon Dorsey debuted Probe Kit at the eMerge Americas Conference, as an activist “artware” installation aimed at illustrating how simple it is to collect personal network data and how much can be inferred from that data. Sarcastically pitched as an “amateur data collector kit”, Probe Kit turns your wifi card into a “net” that catches the fluttering probe requests (data packets) emitted from the wireless devices of the people around you.