The locative artwork Urban Fiction (2007) imagined the city’s multi-layered fabric to be constantly rewoven, torn apart and stitched together again. Participants’ movements in the city set the fabric’s fluid transformations in motion. Yet the fluidity of the social spaces they produced was restrained by an underlying map derived from demographic data; causing breaks and holes that needed to be restitched. Customised multimedia mobile phones served as ‘lenses’ into the urban fiction.
The clip shows a montage of screen recordings, with the participants’ movements and encounters (top left), and three layers of the ‘urban fiction’ (top right, bottom left and bottom right). When the upper left monitor switches to black, the underlying dynamic forces are revealed.
We are currently developing an iPhone application, Urban Fiction 2.0, for Sydney that takes up the concept of Urban Fiction 1.0 but allows a much wider access to the generative, social map, simply by downloading the app ... we keep you posted.
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