Art Series

Ingrid Bolton

IO Graph Tracking

A click of the mouse connects us to the world. I O Graph is a programme that tracks each mouse click, creating a visual image of our connections. It is measured in time, which is interrupted when electrical connections are severed. Here I have tracked my mouse when working on digital images, making the connection between each click of the mouse. The images are then overlaid with copper wire suspended above the work with pins, emphasizing the relationship between copper and the connection.

Visualizing connectivity is not a new process, The Dimes Project (www.netdimes.org) is a programme that specifically visualizes Internet connections. With the copper wire and in some cases the coloured plastic covering the wire, I make these visual connections over maps where there are no longer physical cables to rely on connectivity because they have been stolen so often.