Scrying EM Fields

I’m still trying to wrap my head around this one. The idea behind scrying is to reveal hidden data – i.e. electromagnetic fields within a structure. (Like those created by a metal building/computers/etc) It does have other uses besides artistic – it can be used to analyse the 2.4ghz spectrum among other things. It looks like an interesting project, despite the odd description. (Lets just say that it’s an eccentric bit of reading)

18 thoughts on “Scrying EM Fields

  1. lol, yeah, the reason we’re still trying to wrap our head around it is because the guy reads a little too much Thomas Pynchon (or not enough, he’s a lot less coherent than the Pynchon i’ve read – which was good, btw).

    i powered through it, despite my instinct to ignore such unnecessarily abstract, borderline pompous writings. it’s kind of neat stuff he has here! both the hardware and the ideas (Situationalist International, with antennas) but the lack of a clear outline isn’t going to help spread interest. how do you use it? what does it output? what are some examples of usage? how do you actually extract data from this?

    i enjoy the electronic frontiers of art, and have explored them myself, but a lot of these people seem out of touch with the need to understand the underlying technology.

  2. You know, looking at that page, it really looks more like somebody’s project notes than a how-to. I’m not entirely sure that’s intended for other people to be looking at, or at least getting instructions on how to build this thing. I hope I’m right in that assessment, because if I’m not that’s some really poor documentation.

  3. according to
    intr.v. scried, scry·ing, scries
    To see or predict the future by means of a crystal ball.”

    or as a more geek friendly example, ghost seeing equipment. (like
    the little ghost detector in ‘supernatural’ or other such devices)
    By most its considered a hoax. This is more elaborate and picks up
    on radio waves and magnetic influence to create data. This is
    purposeless, except predicting your future-loljk

    And To the comment earlier about crt monitors…
    Yeah, crt monitors send out em fields from which the image can be reconstructed; but this is not such a project. it is just a tech-version of a crystal ball.

  4. Well, at least the author seems to treat it as an art experiment rather than rambling on about crackpot pseudoscience like most sites covering a device of this type would. (At least, thats the impression I got from the first part of his, near incomprehensible, gibberish before it started to give me a headache and I stopped reading.)

  5. I absolutely hate how “techno-artists” ellaborately dress up their language in a nice pretty fruit basket of nonsense.

    Dispense with the frilly language, and get to the point. The “art” is in the result, not the description of it.

  6. “we thus communicate with the scrying device using an extendible, poetic vocabulary.”

    Sounds like this guy keeps his face a little too close to the soldering iron smoke. Switch to silver solder buddy.

    10 bucks says this guy owns a black top hat and owns at least 3 pieces of clothing that he’s added studs to.

  7. If you read enough writeups of stuff built by the steampunk-DIY community you quickly get a feel for how to skim through the eccentric description and faux-victorian narrative, and find the technical details. I believe this project is, as erik said, listening to radio waves already present with the potential to leave modules transmitting as a sort of RF warchalking/guerilla art installation? I didn’t get where the mesh networking came into it though.

  8. Rangerx52 no tophat sorry…

    so if he had an antenna array, and the signal processing to change the gain in any direction, and he could also calculate and eliminate signal ghosting from knowledge of closer objects that are reflecting signals (eg. take a video in a hall of mirrors and produce a 3D reprisentation of the hall)… he could create a 3D image of the electro-magnetic world in a given frequency range…

    but he cant so its a lot of wishfull thinking hes got going atm…
    not that i havent thought about doing all that.. but i know i dont have the $ for the parts or the super-sized-alien-brain to do the math… the site did mention a factory that made something, maby thats were u get the brains or was it drugs? i cant remember now %D

  9. Well at the very least since he’s integrated so much into the package, what he does with it is somewhat irrelevant- some of the best inventions come from looking at objects from another person’s point of view. I’m pretty sure with scrying aside, there’s someone out there who could turn this into a neat gadget

    And okay, no tophat- but his hat IS a little odd looking. for all we know, his other side could be a black vinyl semi-victorian girdle suit. Kinda like 2-face from batman.

    My left side is for business.. my right side is because noone understands me.

  10. ha ha! this guy is nuts! rotfl after reading those solder comments… i absolutely agree that solder smoke can make you dotty..i have personally experienced that after 7 hours of continuous soldering ( not kidding!)

  11. I’m working on a project and this post seemed like a good lead but I’m at a loss. Are there any resources for good simple FM receiver designs for frequencies between 1 and 3 ghz?

    I can’t really get much from this post or the guy’s writing (dense and incomprehensible as it is) but it seems like the scrying community (if it actually exists) might have some good tools for FM stuff.

    -PF (parenthetically)

  12. I think the term the hacker is going for is “dowsing” EMF. Whatever passes for ‘physical theory’ behind dowsing indicates that it is subjective ability to sense variations in local EMF fields for one reason or another (locating water, metal deposits, enemy soldiers crouching in underground tunnels, etc.). The US Army employed dowsers to try to locate parts of the vast tunnel complex near Cu Chi, Vietnam.

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