[-empyre-] July on empyre: Sceens (week 3)

xDxD.vs.xDxD xdxd.vs.xdxd at gmail.com
Wed Jul 18 02:06:01 EST 2012

hello everyone,

On Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 3:15 AM, Scott Mcquire <mcquire at unimelb.edu.au>wrote:

>  What was really interesting was the way the audience shifted around the
> space to watch.  It wasn’t the platform that moved (like the old diorama
> with rotating floor) but the people who would stand, sit, lie in one place
> then turn around or get up and move elsewhere as another came on. The
> afternoon I saw it there were about 60 people doing this together for over
> 30 minutes. This creates a really fascinating spatial ambiance, where
> screens are simultaneoulsy material objects (blocking passage, blocking
> view) and surfaces that open into heterogeneous spaces.
> At one stage, all the screens are just red, then pale with no image, while
> the sound is dispersed throughout the entire gallery.  Everyone kind of
> wandered around, not really looking for or at anything, but enjoying a
> promenade among the screens in each other’s company.

in this market, in China, under a highway,


dozens of screens are lined up on one side of the space, each tuned in to a
different channel or dvd

instead of using a remote to change channel, people move to a different

screens, in this case, are a platform built into public space and into
people's perceptions. in-between the two, actually.

both for people who watch them, and for people who use them to propose
services of various types: as soon as enough people gather around a single
table, watching something on that channel or dvd, other people immediately
arrive, offering services of various kinds, videogame consoles (to be
attached to screens, as well!), board games, food or even internet

i particularly enjoy this example, as it is a peculiar way in which screens
modify our perception of space (they are un-movable, yet they suggest how
people move and reassemble and relate in public space), and their
configuration suggests the affordances of public space and, thus, also the
economic (business) models which can be built into them.

In more than one way it is not different from many geo-referenced mobile
applications :)

all the best!

Salvatore Iaconesi

Art is Open Source
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