The CCA - the Centre of Contemporary Art in Glasgow hosted an art exhibition: Machinista, entitled to be "ART FROM THE MACHINE: Gleams of the Inhuman". Apart from this title and garlic in weird places it was quite a usefull and fun event which was particularly used to promote GNU/Linux Software for audio, video and similar, Workshops on Open Source and Free Software, Wireless networking, and similar. Originally the festival started off as Machinista in Perm, Russia, and this is the second festival in Glasgow.
The workshop on Monday 8th of May was titled to be a Freenetwork DIY antena workshop. With making antennas yourselves. The main artists were involved in the RICHAIR2030 project, and that's where the garlic comes from, too. One project is to make small computers in lunchboxes and to rollerskate or walk with them round the town trying to pick up wireless internet access. At some time, they marked their antennas with garlic, so people could smell where there would be a wireless internet connection possible.
What we did not realise before is how much the FreeNetworks need to build a community to work, with regular physical meetings and workshops. This might actually be one of the main limitations of the wireless internet technology - the human effort needed to build up the communities. This website gives an example of an agreement for free wireless network connection.
For more information on how to build antennas go to: Raylab. More information can also be found out via Consume Net. For anybody who is more interested in Wireless internet technology, there is a gathering this September 2004. Another site to be inspired by is NYC wireless community website.
There is also a wireless community in Glasgow Net and in Backnet Edinburgh, which we did not know before, and it was good to liase.
More information about wireless network can be found via these URLs: EastEndNet, free2air.