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Bengt Sjölén

Bengt Sjölén is an independent software and hardware designer, hacker and artist based in Stockholm and Berlin, and with roots in the home computer demo scene. He is not part of one single group, but rather collaborates within multiple networks like Weise7 in Berlin, Teenage Engineering in Stockholm and aether architecture in Budapest. Current and continuous experimentation spans programmatic generation of design, function, hardware and code, electromagnetic investigations, networking technologies, reverse engineering, molecular life sciences, architecture, visualizations and visuals, sound and self modifying code.

automata.se
weise7.org
criticalengineering.org


Biography

Sjölén’s work has been exhibited internationally at many museums, festivals and exhibitions including Synthetic Times Exhibition (Beijing), NTT ICC (Tokyo), Biennale of Architecture (Venice), ISEA (San Jose, US and Helsinki), Kulturhuset (Stockholm), Pixelache (Helsinki), Ars Electronica (Linz), World Expo 2010 (Shanghai), Transmediale (Berlin), Ludwig Muzeum (Budapest) and arte.mov (Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte, Brazil).

Weise 7 is an art studio based in Berlin run by both international technicians and artists. Members of the team are Julian Oliver (NZ), Gordan Savicic (AT), Bengt Sjölén (SE) and Danja Vasiliev (RU). See also the related Critical Engineering Manifesto.

Project

Human Futures marketplace November 2014 – Aarhus: Godsbanen

Exhibited work: ‘The Little Black Book of Wireless’




“Bound in black cloth, The Little Black Book of Wireless contains a complete history of 802.11 and GSM wireless communications, exploits and vulnerabilities. Yet while this atlas of the unseen is a wealth of information, it comes not without risk: merely opening this dark volume involves the risk of being read by it.

At the very moment that the cover is lifted, the book awakes. As pages are turned, a built-in, custom-designed computer quietly studies its environment. Host-names and user-names, unencrypted passwords, HTML and email fragments, handset IMSIs, images and any other available identifying information within its reach are harvested and stored, made available on a website served by the book itself. Closing the book deletes all gathered data, returning the book to its dormant state.”

Projection Parcours October 2015 – Montreal: Quartier des Spectacles

Exhibited work: ‘Unintended Emissions’
Video projection on the wall outside Saint-Laurent metro station




“Did you know your mobile phone is constantly talking behind your back? Without any action on your part, it emits a surprising amount of information into the environment. Unintended Emissions captures, dissects, uses and maps—in real time—the involuntary and invisible emissions of our mobile devices.”
Human Futures Exposition November 2015 – Liverpool: FACT

Exhibited work: ‘The Little Black Book of Wireless’
Mixed Media




“Bound in black cloth, The Little Black Book of Wireless contains a complete history of 802.11 and GSM wireless communications, exploits and vulnerabilities. Yet while this atlas of the unseen is a wealth of information, it comes not without risk: merely opening this dark volume involves the risk of being read by it.

At the very moment that the cover is lifted, the book awakes. As pages are turned, a built-in, custom-designed computer quietly studies its environment. Host-names and user-names, unencrypted passwords, HTML and email fragments, handset IMSIs, images and any other available identifying information within its reach are harvested and stored, made available on a website served by the book itself. Closing the book deletes all gathered data, returning the book to its dormant state.”

Resources