The Circuit Breaker is a networked sonic art installation that critiques the culture of constant connectivity.
The installation takes the form of a hybrid electrical-digital infrastructure linked to a distributed network of online participants. Network connectivity is dependent on an array of electrical circuit breakers, browsing analytics, personal energy data and a pre-determined set of algorithmic variables. Participants will have to balance ‘Load Factor’, a concept of diversity of use and geography borrowed from electrical power systems to maintain constant connectivity. The network load if not balanced will be at the risk of disruption marked by the dissonant sonic event of the tripping circuit breakers.