This film simply shows the legs of citizens traveling through urban public space. The setting could be a shopping center, a piazza, or the sidewalk of a pedestrian neighborhood, depending on what typology amounts to an essential or elucidating representation of that city. The value of the pedestrian’s shoes and of the urban surface she traverses are overlaid on the image. In this frame, a per-square-meter value of the pavement is given: the cost ratio of paving to footwear. Embedded within this ratio is a set of socio-economic and cultural relationships between the local consumer and her city. Thus, a story is told about urban dwellers’ attitudes toward their cities and the global economy. In Rotterdam, we would see very expensive metal paving crossed by Dutchmen wearing mass-produced, global brands, while in Moscow, women clad in designer goods walk on cracked concrete costing almost nothing.
The film was shown as a part of Shenzhen ‘City Mobilization' Architecture Biennale on various billboard screens in the city.