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Martin Howse (GB)


island2 is a free software application which creates a semi-permanent, isolated island in the computer's memory. This island remains invisible, untouched and unmoveable in physical memory until the computer is either switched off or rebooted. island2 is an intervention within a hidden territory provoking and exacerbating a theatre of present abstraction, constraint and hiding.

The original island implementation runs as a loadable kernel module for various Linux kernels and occupies 4MB of RAM (Random Access Memory). Future iterations feature hidden island networking making use of obscure protocols as part of the promiscuOS project. PromiscuOS aims to remove segmentation and objectification from all levels of any system in favour of the generation, distribution and execution of promiscuous code across all instances.

island2 has been ported to run on a few small computers (for example, Atmel's AVR microcontrollers), and will in the future run on a wide range of consumer devices (DVD players, mobile phones).

Martin Howse operates within the fields of discourse, speculative hardware (environmental data in open physical systems), code (an examination of layers of abstraction), free software and the situational (performances and interventions).

Martin Howse "island2"