MollyeNet is a WiFi network that occupies space as an artwork in an art museum. At core, MollyeNet is about longing and visibility, not subverting cultural gatekeepers. But it feels good to do both.
MollyeNet has successfully exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the New York City Museum of Modern Art. Visitors attempting to access WiFi on their phones see this network alongside other WiFi networks in the museum. After viewing a “captive portal” web page explaining the project, they can browse as with any other WiFi network. MollyeNet operates by cannibalizing museum WiFi and thus cannot exist outside of a museum. MollyeNet does not interfere with the operation of a museum in any way, except to live in the designated space of approved art without approval.