Kim Asendorf uses Google Maps to explore incomprehensive complexity of landscape as colour and pattern.
Scat vocalist Cab Calloway once claimed that when he walked down eighth avenue, he “saw rhythms” rather than the cityscape or bustling sidewalk. This past summer, fellow New York City explorer Brian House prototyped an elaborate workflow for sonifying a variety of biometric data generated during his daily 12 km bicycle commute from Brooklyn to […]
Over the last few years there has been no shortage of festivals and RFPs exploring themes of ‘urban hacking’. That said, every now and then a gem comes along. A hyper-organized call for proposals organized by San Francisco’s Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA) was recently launched and—with $25K in available funding—it is promising […]
Created in collaboration with Specialmoves, DIY City 0.01a (alpha stage) is a project conceptualised by Usman Haque some five years ago and now prototyped and demoed at the Specialmoves HQ. It allows users to create own creatures and let them “hijack the city”.
Installation and media artist François Quévillon was amongst the many practitioners discussing their work at the International Marketplace for Digital Arts presentations during the BIAN two weeks ago in Montreal. Quévillon used his talk to give a brief overview of his experiments with ‘urban imaging’ over the last several years and he showed a range […]
Interactivos?09 – Garage Science, photo: Alejandro Tamayo A call for proposals for the upcoming instalment of Medialab-Prado’s excellent Interactivos? research platform has been posted and it looks quite promising. “Interactivos?’12 Dublin: Hack the City. Current and Future Needs” is being produced in collaboration with Science Gallery to facilitate the production of projects that engage urban infrastructure and discourse.
CityScape is a collection of three collages that depict the most characteristic parts of Copenhagen that almost appear as separate cities within the city. Created by Daim Yoon, Mette Lyckegaard and Marcin Ignac, the trio used the pictures of the city as as a graphical landscape mosaic that represents the feel they have to them. The urban landscape of […]
Concentrated Geographies is Toronto media artist Tori Foster’s first solo show and—making good on its name—the assembled work carefully considers the nature and representation of urban experience. The show features four projects, all of which rely on Processing to manipulate footage of everyday city scenes to explore and abstract movement, routine and emergent behaviour. Movement Portraits […]
In 1978 Rem Koolhaas (wiki) published Delirious New York, a “retroactive manifesto” that wildly reframed Manhattan through a rigorous analysis of the street grid, the skyscraper and congestion while excavating the history of the “mythical island”. A few years later Ridley Scott’s film adaptation of Blade Runner (wiki) explored the limits of the human condition […]
SubMap is a project by Dániel Feles, Krisztián Gergely, Attila Bujdosó and Gáspár Hajdu at Kitchen Budapest. The project visualises and sonificates data pulled from one of the biggest news sites of Hungary, origo.hu. One frame is one day, and on one day many things can happen. Depending on how many times a day the name of a city or a […]
[screen captures from IBM's "Planning for Smarter Cities" commercial / 2010] Conversations about ubiquitous computing and the city often get anchored to specific paradigms: urban informatics, discussions of ‘smartphone urbanism’, open data drumbeating and any number of other stock frames of reference are usually engaged before more primary topics like civic engagement, class and our […]
Created by by Brett Camper, 8bit mashed together with Open Street Maps result in this alternative city maps of different metropolises: New York, Paris, Berlin, London and Amsterdam. The 8-Bit Cities project, which started with 8-Bit NYC, is an attempt to make the city feel foreign yet familiar, smashing together two culturally common models of space: the lo-fi overhead world maps of 1980s […]