Crank Your Own Bandwidth
Crank the Web is a browser that allows people to physically crank
Included in “Internet Art“, by Rachel Greene, Thames and Hudson, 2004.
Crank the Web in the New York Times, April 2, 2001.
BrowserWare Article – from Mediachannel.org, 4/11/01
Finalists Announced – from Internet.com’s browserwatch.
1st Prize Winner at the Fourth International Browser Day, March 29, 2001 at the Great Hall at Cooper Union, NYC.
Transmediale 2002, Feb. 5 – 24, 2002, Berlin, Germany.
Media[tion] exhibition, 2/16/04 – 4/12/04 @ Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Doncaster, UK.
OBORO, 9/16/06 – 10/21/06 @ Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
ArtLabs: Connectivity Show, 10/20/07 – 11/3/07 @ Sibiu, Romania.
EADI (The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes, 12th Annual Conference / Exhibition – Global Governance for Sustainable Development, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, 6/24/08 – 6/28/08.
MAKE:CRAFT October 2, 2010 – December 4, 2010, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA.
Users type in a URL on the screen and hit “ENTER” and a blank browser 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.
Video of Crank The Web at International Browserday, Cooper Hewitt, NYC.
Crank The Web installed at ITP/NYU (2001):
Crank The Web installed at the Interface Explorer conference (Vienna, Austria 10/18/2001):
Crank The Web installed at the ArtLabs: Connectivity Show, October 20 – November 3, 2007, Sibiu, Romania:
Crank The Web installed at the IKM installation in Geneva, June 24-27, 2008
Crank The Web installed at the Make:Craft Show at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA, October 2, 2010 to December 4, 2010