Bodies of Resonance: Envisioning 5G Network Formation

From New York to Shenzhen, “5G” is advertised as the latest and greatest wireless technology. An all-encompassing, ultra-fast network that promises to revolutionize productivity, bring multi-billion-dollar economic growth, and enhance connectivity more than ever before.

But for now, we find ourselves stuck between the anticipation and absence of the ‘5G revolution’. In this transitional space, an international tech-race has commenced between world’s superpowers, creating geo-political tension over the installation of infrastructure and standards needed for this hyper-connectivity. With each country forging their own path, will this infrastructure reinforce existing borders and ideologies, or redefine them through new forms of connectivity? 

At The Border: Cycle 2 research team Guillemette Legrand (Legrand Jäger) and Vincent Thornhill lead a discussion on the current state of 5G and what it means for the future of wireless technology, national security, culture and geopolitics. The evening will explore how creating new visual narratives around this technology can move beyond the commercial and economic perspectives, helping us consider networks from the scale of the body, the planet, and the cosmos.


Legrand Jäger and Vincent Thornhil

Legrand Jäger is a multidisciplinary creative practice researching design and technology, based between Berlin and London. Their work investigates how the designed world, especially emerging AI technology, is shaping ethics. Their films, performances, installations and objects have been shown in museums across Europe, including Palais de Tokyo, Victoria and Albert museum, and Van Abbe Museum. In 2018, they were participants at the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial; designers in residence at the Design Museum London; and in 2019 they were fellows during Format at Z33 Hasselt.

Vincent Thornhill works between the high-tech industry and education, using communication design to create new readings of the ways emerging technologies can, and will impact the near future. He currently works with startups at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven to develop communication strategies for deep-tech ventures, and mentors in the Information Design Masters program at the Design Academy Eindhoven. In his design practice, Vincent applies a critical lens to the systems and objects of digital culture, using identity and social behavior as both content and medium.

Greta Byrum

Greta Byrum reimagines the way we design, build, control, and govern communications systems. As Co-Director of the Digital Equity Laboratory at The New School in New York City, she builds digital justice through applied research, community projects, and policy strategy. Previously Byrum founded the Resilient Communities program at New America, where she developed and led Resilient Networks NYC, an initiative bringing training, tools, and equipment for storm-hardened mesh WiFi to five neighborhoods in NYC's flood plains. Byrum was a 2017 Harvard Loeb Fellow and currently serves on the boards of the New Harmony Earth Sanctuary and the METRO New York Libraries Council.

Zachary Hecht

Zachary serves as the Policy Director for Tech:NYC, a non-profit association of over 800 technology companies. In this role, he advocates for policies that support New York and the city's tech ecosystem. Prior to joining Tech:NYC, Zachary served as the Policy Director to New York City Council Member Ritchie Torres, who chaired the Council’s Oversight and Investigations Unit. Previously, he also served as the Legislative and Budget Director to the chair of the Council’s Technology Committee, playing a key role in the formulation and passage of New York City’s first-in-the-nation algorithmic accountability legislation.

Christopher Collins, PhD

Christopher Collins is a Professor in the Department of Radiology at NYU Langone. His primary interest is in the interactions of electromagnetic fields with the human body, and his research focuses on engineering the fields in MRI to ensure image quality and patient safety, and to the development, demonstration, and application of the numerical simulation tools necessary for performing this work. 


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March 03, 2020
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
A global community of creators empowered by MINI to boldly explore the future of design.