Sculpture, Object, Installation

Wi-Fi Shredder

The Wi-Fi Shredder is based on the principle of the Faraday cage—it’s made of a copper fabric that can screen out certain wavelengths. This apparatus belongs to the installation "What would Ted Kaczynksi´s daughter do...?".

This device shreds data packets that are transmitted via Wi-Fi by the router set up inside the cage. The copper fabric completely shields off the 2,4 GHz bandwidth, but has been perforated at certain spots. Due to the motor-driven rotation of the apparatus, data packets can escape the cage only when the router’s antenna is positioned near the perforation. Then, the data that even manages to get outside the cage are shredded—in the case of a video, just a bunch of glitches.