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Oliver Smith

MA work

Network Ensemble

A tool to uncover and amplify the invisible territory of the network that sits between our online and offline experiences. This network, as a man made force, is much more than the antennae, network names and Free WiFi signs through which we traditionally encounter it.

The Network Ensemble collects the network communications local to it, pulling in the raw packets, the blocks of information that devices send between themselves, and analysing them. This autonomous orchestra plays the network data live on the physical world in which it is situated, via six different categories.

Lost or corrupted in transmission. Malformed, fragmented, bogus and incomplete packets.

Organisation and ordering of transmissions. Devices request information and confirm receipt.

Information sent for consumption and use by devices. May or may not be encrypted.

Access control. Devices request access and send login details; they are confirmed or denied.

The make up of the network. Structural packets announce the capabilities and status of each device.

Non-standard, unclassifiable packets.


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Information Experience Design, 2015

  • Oliver Smith investigates the undisclosed intentions of technology and thir techno-political impact. His work intervenes in technological systems, networks and environments, aiming for a position of comprehension, rather than one of unquestioning fear or worship.

    He runs workshops in the use and abuse of computation, and is an Assosciate Lecturer at the London College of Communication.
  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design, University for the Creative Arts, 2010
  • Experience

  • Assosciate lecturer, University of the Arts London, London, 2013–15; Sessional lecturer, University for the Creative Arts, Epsom, 2011–14
  • Exhibitions

  • Work In Progress, Royal College of Art, London, 2015; Possessed Objects, Royal College of Art, London, 2014; Inventing Temperature, Korean Cultural Centre UK, London, 2014; Physics Happens in a Dark Place, Shoreditch Town Hall, London, 2014; Mapping Post Digital Futures, Royal College of Art, London, 2014; No straight line, no true circle, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014; Nodem EXPO, The Museum of Medieval Stockholm, Stockholm, 2013; onedotzero Adventures in Motion, BFI, London, 2010
  • Conferences

  • Eris–2000: QCon at Central Hall Westminster, 2015
  • Publications

  • AQT-16 in Written Images, Martin Fuchs and Peter Bichsel, 2011