Archive for the ‘new media’ Category

Mobile Mapping of Oberschoeneweide’s Industrial Heritage

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

A piece on RBB about the industrial heritage of Oberschoeneweide briefly highlighting a project with Graduate students at HTW and their mobile mapping project of the neighborhood’s structures and history.

Faszinosum Industriekultur – Ein vernachlaessigtes Stueck Heimat?
Immer noch werden Schornsteine gesprengt und Tuchfabriken abgerissen. Was sind die Zeugnisse einst besserer Wirtschaftszeiten heute noch wert? Wie kann man sie mit neuem Leben erfuellen? Eine glueckliche Synthese gelang in Oberschoeneweide, wo hinter alten AEG-Fassaden technische Kulturgueter – ob Brennabor-Motorrad von 1908 oder DDR-Ventilator – so sorgsam behandelt werden wie wertvolle Gemaelde.

Out My Window

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Out My Window

Out my Window

One highrise. Every view, a different city. This is “Out My Window” — one of the world’s first interactive 360-degree documentaries — about exploring the state of our urban planet told by people who look out on the world from highrise windows. It’s a journey around the globe through the most commonly built form of the last century: the concrete-slab residential tower. Meet remarkable highrise residents who harness the human spirit–and the power of community–to resurrect meaning amid the ruins of modernism. With more than 90 minutes of material to explore, “Out My Window” features 49 stories from 13 cities, told in 13 languages, accompanied by a leading-edge music playlist.

Night Haunts

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Phantom City

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

A fantastic new iPhone app by Irene Cheng and Brett Snyder has come to market in New York City this autumn. Sponsored by the Van Alen Institute, Museum of the Phantom City is “a public art project that allows individuals to browse visionary designs for the City of New York on their iPhones.”

Users can view images and descriptions of speculative projects ranging from Buckminster Fuller’s dome over midtown Manhattan, to Antonio Gaudi’s unbuilt cathedral, to Archigram’s pop-futurist “Walking City,” all while standing on the projects’ intended sites.

In other words, you go around the city, iPhone in hand – a kind of architectural dowsing rod held in front of you – discovering the traces of buildings that never were (perhaps even fragments of a city yet to come).

Proposals by Buckminster Fuller are suddenly as real as the Empire State Building – after all, they’re both pictured right there on your iPhone…

Google Earth Models

Monday, May 5th, 2008
Fragmented City on Google Earth

Fragmented City on Google Earth

View my Google Earth model here.

(If you don’t have Google Earth, download it for free here).

SketchUp Cityscapes

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Face of Evil

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Bush’s state of the union address in 2002 coined the phrase “AXIS OF EVIL” and opened the flood gates to racial profiling. The phrase later resurfaced with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to the US in 2007, prompting clever media headlines such as “EVIL HAS LANDED”.

This project poses the questions: How do we put a face on the word evil? What attributes create an evil person? Who can be evil?

It utilizes a composite of the leaders of the six evil countries, which according to the Bush administration are: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Cuba, and North Korea. Portions of each of the six original images are extracted and randomly output as layers in a new matrix. The end result is a collage, a new face made up of segments from the original six figures.


By pure coincidence, this random matrix output of evil bears close resemblance to George W. Bush himself.

This ironic happenstance begs to question the legitimacy of such profiling tactics. To what extent can fear of terrorism justify generalizations of physical attributes in seeking evil? How is surveillance used to pinpoint evil among regular people? These are issues to be further explored…