Jonah Brucker-Cohen - Crank The Web
  Year :   2001
  Location :   USA
  Worktype :   Installation
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Exhibitions: 1st Prize Winner at the Fourth International Browser Day, March 29, 2001 at the Great Hall at Cooper Union, NYC. Interface Explorer Conference, October 18 - Nov. 9, 2001, Vienna, Austria. Transmediale 02, Feb. 5 - 24, 2002, Berlin, German





 
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Internet
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  Work Details  
  Overview Crank the Web is a browser that allows people to physically crank their bandwidth in order to see a website. Simply enter a URL, start cranking, and text and images appear in the browser window. Prototype The idea behind Crank the Web is to combine ancient forms of automation with todays digital telecommunications technology. All bandwidth should be free and everyone should have access to the fastest speed connection. It is up to you to physically crank your bandwidth so that your internet connnection will rely on your personal strength, not personal wealth. System Users type in a URL on the screen and hit ENTER and a blank IE or Netscape page appears. The page they entered is read into a buffer and using the crank, they send a bit of data at a time to the computer which then unloads the buffer (containing text, images, animation, sound, etc..) into the open window. The page loads according to how fast they turn the crank. There is an indication on screen of the approximate bandwidth speed they are cranking. ccssed 22.02.2007 from http://www.mee.tcd.ie/~bruckerj/projects/cranktheweb.html