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Why Art, Not Google, Could Revolutionize WiFi

In New Orleans, An Artist Experiments With a New Model for Connectivity

Story by Nathan C. Martin

Photography by Aubrey Edwards

Published on Dec 22, 2014

Conceptual artist Mary Ellen Carroll has gotten good at pushing the boundaries between art, urban design and public policy. From a 2010 work that lifted and rotated an abandoned home on the edge of Houston, to her latest work experimenting with cutting-edge WiFi technology in New Orleans, she forces us to consider the urban fabric as a medium for provocation. Writer Nathan C. Martin takes us to New Orleans to explore Carroll’s Public Utility 2.0 project and its implications for urban connectivity.