Friday, February 7, 2003

How to exhibit invisible cities

Via Dan Hill - Invisible Cities.

"Through the interface of a gallery wall, each city, represented by an audio work of five minutes duration, is accessible through headphones. Participants in the gallery can transcend distance - moving from Moscow to Montreal, from Berlin to Beijing - in the time it takes to plug a pair of headphones into an alternative location."

This raises interesting questions around intimacy-at-a-distance. It renders matters of correspondence difficult, and grounds the discussion in terms of space rather than scale.

And I especially like the inspiration from Italo Calvino: I will put together, piece by piece, the perfect city, made of fragments mixed with the rest, of instants separated by intervals, of signals one sends out, not knowing who receives them.

This reminds me a bit of the Amsterdam Real Time project and notions of a *lived* city, rooted in everyday social interactions.

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