Ether/Or: An Ethernet Movie

ETHER/OR: AN ETHERNET MOVIE uses Ethernet frames as if they were frames of celluloid film. That is, holders of single, self-contained images that when transmitted at the right speed create a moving image.

A pre-prepared set of Ethernet frames will be transmitted on to a physical network loop, to be forwarded endlessly. The frames will be transmitted at a rate as close as possible to 24 frames per second (or 291.456 kbps), the same speed at which 35mm film is recorded and played.

The continuously looping stream will be displayed to a monitor, featuring the ‘raw’ tcpdump-esque view of each frame's contents, and a decoded view that displays the single image carried in each frame.

ETHER/OR’s structural approach to network infrastructure aims to extend the use of networks beyond their utilitarian function, and by exposing both the frame’s contents and structural format, drawing attention to the oft-unnoticed presence of protocol.

Exhibited at Radical Networks, October 2017