Jul 25 2007Garnet Hertz' Experiments in Galvanism


Experiments in Galvanism is an art project by Garnet Hertz to implant a miniature webserver into the body of a frog.

Garnet Hertz has implanted a miniature webserver in the body of a frog specimen, which is suspended in a clear glass container of mineral oil, an inert liquid that does not conduct electricity. The frog is viewable on the Internet, and on the computer monitor across the room, through a webcam placed on the wall of the gallery. Through an Ethernet cable connected to the embedded webserver, remote viewers can trigger movement in either the right or left leg of the frog, thereby updating Luigi Galvani's original 1786 experiment causing the legs of a dead frog to twitch simply by touching muscles and nerves with metal.

Yes, that's right. He stuck a webserver into a frog and is allowing remote viewers to move its legs around. Some might call this useless or pointless, but I call it the greatest human achievement since the moon landing.

A disgusting pic of the insides after the jump.


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you shouldn't play with your food !!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOUnjB6SPxE

Oh, Kermie!!!

I guess that this is... uh... just wrong?

Gives a whole new meaning to "ether"net. *ba dum ching!* Folks, I'm here all night. =P

And I still don't have an iPhone.

Cancer research? No. Alternative fuel research? No. Dead cyborg frog research? Hellz yeah!

Its not even using the frogs muscles to create the movement? So he just stuck some motors and shit inside a frog carcass? Oh well, I guess making a female robot to have sex with is easier than I thought. Where's my shovel?

@ #6 Just wanted to point out that it is an ART project.

He's cheating.

7, it's harder than you'd think.

I feel so dumb... Before reading the title or the description... I thought the pic had a cube with a TV screen on each side, and that they were all showing a scene from star wars (... I thought it was Chewbacca at first).

... Bahahahahah.

that's all sorts of weird.

Wow, more....."art".

Get a job you hippies!

This thing looks like half borg and half frog.

This almost reminded me of this Interaccess art insect exibit i went to see in the winter...There was a madigasican hissing cockroach that was attached to an entire system that guided the little big bug to move in a straight line...The key was that it was contolling a much larger robot...sorta powe ranger-ish...well almost had that sort of potential...but then once I saw that there were no parts left inside the frog.....i can only say what a a waste...its just the skin left..its not much of an art piece when completed this way.....

i guess i was expecting someting more thought out... c'mon this is geekologie...get it together...

Nobody ever said that the frog was dead... So really, it's probably getting paid BIG bucks just to kick its legs on command. Nice~ My next art project will feature an entire village of humanistic humanoid humans. Stay tune after the lunch! I mean... Launch!

Boy what a waste of time.
I can make dead humans walk and move freely as if they were dead.
I just duck-tape them to myself and move around with them.

easier and less energy consuming.

I hope that EVERYONE that helped these poor frogs be tortured get the same treatment. HOW CAN YOU DO THIS? ITS NOT RIGHT... AND THEN YOU JUST LAUGH ABOUT IT?!? your f***ing twisted. Ever heard of animal cruelty???

You idiots make me SICK.

what you have done to this poor frog is very wrong i think that frogs dont deverv this they kill our bug i hope that you feel very gulity about what you have done beacues at the mo u r a F***** ars people like you dont desreve to live heathey perhap when you r ill then you will be that poor frog
sine tigger fan

THAT is the coolest casemod I've ever seen!

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