This secret wilderness Wi-Fi will help you survive the incoming apocalypse

You won’t survive the apocalypse without this secret wilderness Wi-Fi.

But first you will have to make a fire to power this Wi-Fi router.

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Project ‘Keepalive’ by Aram Bartholl

This is not just a simple rock in the middle of a forest clearing in the region Neuenkirchen, Niedersachsen.

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Project ‘Keepalive’ by Aram Bartholl

No, this 1.5-ton boulder contains a thermoelectric generator which converts heat directly into electricity.

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Project ‘Keepalive’ by Aram Bartholl

Visitors are invited to make a fire next to the boulder to power up the wifi router in the stone which then reveals a large collection of PDF survival guides.

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Project ‘Keepalive’ by Aram Bartholl

The piratebox.cc inspired router which is NOT connected to the Internet offers the users to download the guides and upload any content they like to the stone database.

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Project ‘Keepalive’ by Aram Bartholl

As long as the fire produces enough heat the router will stay switched on.

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Project ‘Keepalive’ by Aram Bartholl

Following the advice in the survival guides prepares you…for solo survival in the chaotic world of computer programming as much as for solo survival in the wilderness.

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Project ‘Keepalive’ by Aram Bartholl

The survival PDFs are loaded onto a USB drive located inside the cavity of the rock, and they range from the possibly useful (Don’t Panic: The Engineering Physics Survival Guide) to the amusing (Boy Basics 101: A Survival Guide for Parenting Male Tweens) to the straight-up impractical (Instagram Identity Guide).

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Project ‘Keepalive’ by Aram Bartholl

The project ‘Keepalive‘ by Aram Bartholl was realised in the context of the research project ‘Art and Civic Media’, as part of the Innovation Incubator Lüneburg, a large EU project funded by the European Fund for Regional Development and the German State of Lower Saxony.

Now, do you know how to start a fire?

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