The lossy UDP protocol is one of the oldest network protocols in existence, known for its connectionless, pure transmission, faster though more unreliable than its main alternative TCP. Recent data forensic research claims to have identified the cause of this, which is commonly referred to as “Data Gobbler”, an evil force which feeds off dropped data packages and adds delays to communication.

One computer (red screen) sends a number via OSC to a broadcast address, and plays a sound as it does so. Another computer (blue screen) receives the number via OSC and plays a sound as it does so. However, if there is a delay in the communication or a packet is lost, the evil data gobbler is happy…

This work was created as part of the 48-hour art hackathon ArtHackDay “Going Dark” at LEAP Berlin.