The world around us is plastered with messages telling us how to dress, what to drink, and how to behave. DETOUR 2012, Design Renegade, is an experiment in reclaiming our public place, to restore a sense of dignity, curiosity, and basic empathy.

Crying in Public is an experiment in defining the city by our emotions. Through a series of street signs, stickers, and chalkboards, passers-by are prompted to pause, reflect, and consider their emotional connection to the city: “Where was the last place you cried?” “Where was your first kiss?” Other signs will redefine specific and often overlooked alleys, parks, and verandas as ideal places for specific emotions like: “This is a good place to feel calm” or “This is a good place to freak out.”

Removable vinyl stickers with similar messaging will be distributed across Wan Chai, encouraging citizens to claim their own special places throughout the city. All these materials will encourage people to share their stories on a website customised for the project.

Civic Center is a creative studio based in New Orleans. Founded by Candy Chang and James A. Reeves in 2010, Civic Center blend art, design, education, writing, and music into projects inspired by cities. Civic Center believes that our public spaces should spark conversation among strangers, make the machinery of the city more accessible, and restore a sense of dignity to all.

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Series: Photojournalism
Cameras: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS M
Lens:Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM, Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM
Video: H264 MP4, 1920x1080, 25fps, Progressive, 10 Mbps
Audio: AAC, 320 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Length: 2 min 32 sec
Color: Color
Location: Old Wan Chai Police Station, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China
License: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CCBY)
Date: 2012-11-29 to 2012-12-01 (recorded) 2013-02-15 (processed)
Photographer: See-ming Lee 李思明, SML Photography
Soundtrack:SML Music
Media Production: SML Universe
Copyright: 2013 See-ming Lee 李思明, SML Universe Limited
Serial: SML.20130215.Videography.CivicCenter.CryingInPublic

# SML Music
Written in Ableton Live using some crazy drum loops at 160bpm, with Kontakt 5 bass, mastered with Ozone 5
Download 24-bit 48kHz AIFF at:
soundcloud.com/seeminglee/civic-center-crying-in-public

# Media Licensing
Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Music / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited

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