The installation sets up a transmission system that allows short text messages to be sent and received between two radio stations, making it possible to have a form of “chat” for two participants simultaneously.
The characters that make up the sender’s message, limited to 64, are sent to the destination station by radio waves. They are displayed on the screen of the receiver station one by one as the transmission process progresses.
The particularity of this network is that it diverts technology from the Radio Data System (RDS), a service for transmitting textual data by radio in parallel with FM radio audio signals. This service, developed in the 1970s, was deployed in Europe in the 1980s for motorists on car radios and in the 1990s in North America.
In this sense, this piece invents a fictional chapter in the history of the media by creating a “new” text exchange service.
The method of transmission chosen sometimes leads to some errors in the order of the letters. These possible bugs are part of the project and are the clues that a technological misappropriation has occured.