Re: [-empyre-] locative city, annotated space


i think this is very interesting, i like this suggestion of layers of
data and informations
 that are usually not experienced, interlaced with the first layer of
reality, the one that we usually perceive, and with the other
stratified layers of past..
it's like a kind of magic that through technological devices the two
invisible layers, the data and the past, can be embodied in something
that can be sensed, and mixed with the physical reality of what is 'here
and now'.. well, in my opinion technological devices are not the problem
in this case, they are becoming every day less invasive and at the same
time more present, we are going to live all kind of machinery as a
natural part of our body or environment as we already do  with things
like telephones or elevators or airplanes, i am quite sure about that; i
think this is an interesting general question, the issue of
human/machine interaction..

but in  the case of 34n there is another thing i was thinking about..i
was thinking a lot about it this weekend, i tried to look the city
surrounding me focusing more on the invisible layers..the point is that
every person has its own ghosts! even in the same place and at the same
time, with the same 'boundary conditions', imagination works in
unexpected ways.. if i understand, in your work you 'choose'  a number
of 'ghosts', based on your personal experience/knowledge/imagination of
the places, and propose them to the participants.. you propose
'something to look at', while i think that what is really fascinating in
your work is that you propose a 'different way to look at' .. being an
artist, couldn't one think to use tech devices in order to give  people
a 'methodology' rather than an experience   based on one's
i haven't yet it so clear, but i think this is an imortant point, i'd
like to know your opinion..


> Others, like 34n are working more with sound and data and this allows
> a focus on physical place and content can work with layered data,
> metaphor, juxtapositions, ghosts of past incarnations as sound files
> so a person sees the physical place and learns to question it as well
> learn more of it in present and past.

> Some of the sound files are old wooden carriage wheels, an older car
> horn and trains where remnant tracks appear in streets or where trains
> would have passed.  The effect is almost always people startled
> looking for the car or train or even carriage (all what would have
> been heard at different times in the past) and then realizing what
> just happened.

> I do see these technologies becoming quite commonplace in a not too
> distant future.  A lot will utilize smart lens technology which is
> currently being developed for such applications as high rise building
> visual field data overlays for hostage placed on
> rooms with security officials, rooms overlaid with data of possible
> suspects, danger levels color encoded.......
> The artistic applications are endlessly exciting

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