Open Call: Pimp your Router for ADAF 2016

posted on: 22.04.2016

#ADAF2016 19 - 22 May 2016

“Everybody should love their router!”
«Home is where your wifi connects automatically» claims a recent popular Internet meme. This reflects how wifi has become a basic part of our daily needs, like electricity, like running water. One can estimate the amount of wifi routers in the world by a few billions. Yet they (almost) all suffer from the same discrepancy: they are all boring.
“Boring?”, you might ask. “How can this gateway to the universe’s information be boring?” So yes. While our home router caches our wildest fantasies, our innermost secrets, it sits in its corner, unnoticed, unglamourous.
Celebrating WIFI freedom!
Recently, the FCC has been considering a proposal to require manufacturers to lock down computing devices (routers, PCs, phones) to prevent modification, if they have a “modular wireless radio”. This means that hardware and wifi freedom are being attacked. In response to these ridiculous measures, we are offering a playful DIY router pimping party. Let’s celebrate our freedom of creative hacking!
No two routers are alike! What would your individual router look like?
Routers covered in pink and gold glitter? Routers dressed as Darth Vader? Routers disguised as sex-toys? Routers hiding behind anonymous’ Guy Fawkes mask?
We call all router-owners to reflect on the unique bond they have with their router. Re-design your router in a way to reflect its position in your life. See how other router owners imagine their router.
Send us images of your “pimped” up routers and get a place in the 12th edition of Athens Digital Arts Festival (ADAF)! In order to submit your router please post a picture of it on Facebook or Instagram with hashtags #ADAFyourRouter and #RouterPoP and send your submission to along with your name, age, location, model of the router, and a few words about your re-design if you like.
The 5 best pimped routers, selected by a jury, will be invited to be exhibited as part of the RouterPoP installation at ADAF2016.
How to submit:
  1. A PDF with: your name, age, location, and model of the router.
  2. Up to 300 words describing what your router means to you.
  3. Up to 5 jpeg images of the redesigned router.
Extended Deadline: 28 April 2016
The winners will be decided by 28 April 2016
*** Routers that will be no longer in use may be donated to Sarantaporo DIY wireless network upon their owners request.
Members of the jury:
Yoav Lifshitz, Tal Messing, missdata, artists (initiators of the project)
Regine Debatty, We Make Money Not Art
James Bridle, writer, artist, publisher, technologist
Ilias Chatzichristodoulou & Katerina Gkoutziouli, ADAF
#ADAFyourRouter #ADAF2016

Athens Digital Arts Festival is an International Festival which celebrates digital culture through an annual gathering bringing together a global community of artists and audiences. Athens Digital Arts Festival encourages, stimulates and promotes all aspects of digital creativity by hosting local as well as international artists and communities.


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