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on January 1st 2005 an automated beacon began broadcasting on the web at http://www.automatedbeacon.net
The beacon continuously relays selected live web searches as they are being made around the world, presenting them back in series and at regular intervals.

The beacon has been instigated to act as a silent witness: a feedback loop providing a global snapshot of ourselves to ourselves in real-time.

As resources become available, ‘Beacon’ will also begin broadcasting an audio version of this signal across the web and as a series of short wave radio broadcasts and FM local area broadcasts –time and places to be confirmed.

A physical display system is also being developed for installation in public spaces, galleries &c. Please make any enquiries to:


Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead are artists based in London working primarily with video, sound and electronic networked space to create gallery and site-specific artworks and installations. They have exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, having earned an excellent reputation as leading UK practitioners who use Technology in Art.

Much of Jon and Alison’s gallery and web-based works to date follow on from the artistic traditions of Appropriation and Manipulation while exploring the myriad ways in which New Technologies & Electronic Global Communications Networks are changing the way we perceive the world around us.

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