Pink Cell Tower

Extroverted Infrastructure

Oliver, 2021

Pink Cell Tower

Pink Cell Tower

We would find it incredible that a corporation declares total monopoly over the colours we see and use, yet precisely that has happened with another part of the electromagnetic spectrum - radio - where big business now has exclusive rights over nearly all the frequency space public might otherwise use.

Taking the form of a fully-functional cell tower (or GSM base station), Pink Cell Tower is a work of extroverted infrastructure that intervenes upon this electromagnetic capture. It represents an alternative to the innocuous, beige and secretive corporate-owned and state-monitored mobile infrastructure billions have come to rely upon.

Solar-powered and open source, Pink Cell Tower demonstrates that infrastructure for calls and texts can not only be truly free, but publicly owned and operated with no dependence on statecraft nor corporations.

Pink Cell Tower

OFFLINE WEBSITE AND CODE

Pink Cell Tower also serves a website with instructions to replicate it (from BladeRF SDR to mastpole design & antennae), and a downloadable ISO complete with source code to flash onto a Raspberry Pi.

The downloadable ISO will be made available on this page before Feb 1, 2022.

WRITINGS

Served from Pink Cell Tower are a collection of critical writings for download. The texts generously provided are:

Photos 1 and 2 on this page by Philip Horst. Photo 3 on this page by Alexander Callsen.

TWITTER THREAD

Here is a thread on Twitter with more contextual information about the project at the time of launch.

COMMISSION

This project was commissioned by Skulpturen Park Berlin for their 2021 RETURN festival program, exhibited at Skulpturen Park.