sawad brooks + beth stryker
"Radarweb" site artists
"Radarweb" was created to interface with "Elephant Cage Butterfly Locker," a project conceived by Shu Lea Cheang, Sawad Brooks, and Beth Stryker to shift sites between Okinawa, Tokyo and the Internet. ECBL, an artist-in-residency project out of Okinawa's US baseland was presented as a site-specific installation by Shu Lea Cheang at Tokyo's Atopic Site exhibition, 1996.
"Elephant Cage Butterfly Locker" project shifts sites among Okinawa, Tokyo and the Internet. A "Radarweb" is created tracing the remains of memory.
This project borrows the radar detect central Elephant Cage (nickname for US Sobe communications in Yomitan Village, Okinawa) as memo-data processing site.
19.5% of Okinawa island is leased out to US military bases enforced by Japan's Central government. Okinawa is being developed as subtropical resort completed with its own species of butterflies. Okinawa people believe that butterflies guide souls to heaven. Butterflies jamming; butterflies tracing memo-data.