Urban Fiction 2.0
300 x 200 x 300 cm, 4.37 min (duration)
Mobile phone application, live video projection on suspended silicon sheets
‘Sydney’s urban fabric presents a multiplicity of spaces; a latticework of built, lived, remembered and imagined places. Global flows of migrants weave a net of fragile threads, invisible to native eyes, tracing their belonging to other places. Our everyday migrations through the city constantly cross and negotiate these threads, creating new knots, tears and darnings that, together, produce a myriad of intricate patterns.
Urban Fiction 2.0 weaves an imaginary lace over Sydney’s urban and social landscape. Initially resembling a map of the city, the lace is transformed by social interactions—growing and shifting over time—turning the map into a dynamic fabric. An endless series of movements, twists and re-embroiderings that mirror the lively and manifold spaces patterns of the urban fabric we live in.
Using location-aware social networking services including Twitter, Foursquare, and Facebook, participants automatically weave new threads into the lace. They can also interact directly with the imaginary urban lace via a free iPhone application. By downloading the custom application, participants transform their iPhones, iPads or iPods into an interactive lens onto the imaginary fabric. The ‘lens’ allows them to inspect, disturb, craft and destroy the fabric simply by moving through the urban space. Energetic movements like spinning, jumping, and dancing in the streets will have a twirling and rippling effect that can be witnessed by any other participants in their vicinity. The imaginary fabric is shared between all participants allowing them to observe each other and to collaboratively re-weave and twist the fictional lace.
Responsive soundscape by Ollie Bown.