”Subtext” is an interesting art installation that attempts to visualize Internet traffic and the protocols it utilizes through sequenced lighting effects. From the description:

“Subtext” (2008) is a generative excavation into these discourses, capturing the semantic content of a network messages and transforming them into glyphs of light which, in sequence, form sentences corresponding to a complete electronic conversation. Processes of “handshaking”, error correction, flow control and fragmentation are captured and visually rendered at a rate legible to a human spectator. This creates a live text, bound by the network protocols on which we continually yet unwittingly rely.

Erase / Subtext