Point-to-Multipoint was an installation I made as an artist in residence at the Elsewhere Artist Collaborative in Greensboro, North Carolina. I was looking to conflate aspects of communications, commercial and traffic systems local to Greensboro yet relevant to many communities across the country. I was also able to integrate aspects of previous studio research and inquiry seamlessly.
Networks are a collection of smaller entities working together to form a larger entity. Communication, transportation and the nervous system, for instance, all share ten characteristics inherent to “systems” they each contain senders, receivers, channels, transport, traffic/payload, security, signaling, scheduling, terminals and ancillaries. There are two main kinds of networks, point-to-point and point-to-multipoint. In point-to-point networks traffic moves from one node to another such as with roads and telephones. In point-to-multipoint networks traffic moves from a central hub that controls the flow of traffic to different nodes, ie. nodes are not directly connected and resources and information are mediated.