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Stereopublic – The hunt for quiet places

Stereopublic is a both an app and an online map that let the people of some cities geo-tag quiet places in their surroundings. The project is a collaborative effort that encourages the people to navigate their cities and consciously enjoy the sound scape. The goal is to create world-wide database that lets the people find relaxing places in the city.

Our vision plays a predominant role in the way we experience the world and many environments are focused on the visual aspects of things. Stereopublic makes us aware of the sound scape of our cities and how a quiet place can also provide a great pleasure for our senses. In a way, stereopublic creates a new sort of citizen, an audio flâneur, someone who wanders around looking for those places that are not only pleasurable for our eyes but also for our ears.

The stereopublic map of London. Stereopublic - A hunt for quiet places © stereopublic.netIf you want to become part of the hunt for quiet places you can download the stereopublic app for free and start wandering around your city. Once you find a new or your favorite quiet place, you can create a geo-tagged entry for it in the map and give it a color according to your current mood. If you really enjoy that moment you can take a 30 seconds long record and upload it, so that the whole world can have a bit of your quietness.

The length of the recordings require a particular pace, as you need to expend 30 seconds in the place that you want to record. Half a minute can be short for many, but in a busy city it can be a lot of time, so taking part in the project demands also a certain state of mind. Some of the recordings are enhanced with compositions made by Jason Sweeney, the author of the project.

Stereopublic won a City 2.0 TED Prize award and was also supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding & advisory body, the Government of South Australia through Arts SA, Adelaide City Council.

Stereopublic credits


Video: Jason Sweeney
Devised, directed and composed by Jason Sweeney
Creative Producer: Martin Potter
Interactive Producer: Nick Crowther
Designer: Amy Milhinch
Design Studio: Freerange Future and the team of:
Yuri Tománek, David Walker, Deanna Daminato,
Lisa Iacopetta, Abdul Rauf, Minka Park.
Architectural Consultant: Dale Wright

Tangible Orchestra – Walking through the music

Tangible Orchestra - interactive installation at Royal mile, Edinburgh - © Rebecca Gischel and Sebastian WalterTangible orchestra is an interactive installation that uses light and sound to create a playful experience. It was exhibited at Royal Mile, Edinburgh. The installation comprises seven cylinders equipped with lights, loudspeakers and ultrasonic sensors. When a person approximates a cylinder, the latter will blink and reproduce the sound of a particular instrument. All together create an interactive musical composition that changes together with the movements of the spectators.

The perception of each spectator is unique because the sounds reproduced by the cylinders will change depending on to the position of the person. This characteristic encourages the people to walk around, jump towards or even hug the cylinders. If enough people is engaging with the installation a complete musical work will be slowly assembled. To create the piece played by the tangible orchestra both electronic and classical orchestra instruments were used, creating interesting contrasts that fluctuate between electronic, repetitive rhythms and the melodies of classical instruments.
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Leerstandmelder – Mapping of vacant spaces

Leerstandmelder
Leerstandmelder is an online map that allows city inhabitants to report vacant spaces in their surroundings. The map highlights in this way some of the inequalities created in the city by long-term vacant spaces, as such could be inhabited or used by people in need for them. According to a report released by The guardian many of the empty spaces in Europe are bought just as investment and some have never been used.

The phenomenon has already reached an alarming scale, as approximately 11 million houses remain vacant in Europe. It doesn’t matter if they are old or new, living or industrial spaces, if they are in the centre or the periphery, or if they are public or private. They directly affect people who struggle to find affordable flats and work spaces in their cities.

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LowRes – Interactive installation at the luminale 2014

LowRes - Interactive light installation by sensory minds for the Luminale 2014 © Sensory-Minds and Tomas Zebis LowRes is an interactive installation that used color spotlights to turn the facade of a decaying building into a media facade. It used a simple technical solution to turn the windows into pixels and create interactions with the spectators. The installation was created by SENSORY-MINDS for the Luminale 2014.For the realization of the project the team found a building that was at risk of collapsing and thus vacant. The building, located at Offenbach am main, offered the perfect conditions for the realization of such installation, as the evenly distributed windows could be turned easily into huge pixels. This particular characteristic was used by the team to create a low-resolution media facade that could be controlled interactively by the spectators.LowRes - Interactive light installation by sensory minds for the Luminale 2014 © Sensory-Minds and Tomas Zebis(more…)

In the air, tonight – Raising Awareness about homelesnes

In the air, tonight. Toronto Canada“In the air, tonight” is a reactive installation for the facade of the Ryerson School of Image and the Ryerson Image Centre. The installation, created by the artists Patricio Davila and David Colangelo, transforms the building into a glowing signal that raises awareness about homelessness. After its premiere in February 2014 the installation will be re-staged on Mai 23th from sundown until midnight as as part of the Subtle Technologies Festival.

The blue, waving animations shown at the building, are programmed by the artists to react to local weather conditions like wind speed and direction. These animations will change their dynamics and their color when the twitter hashtag #homelessness accumulates a number messages. Thus, anyone with a twitter account can interact with the animations through the account @itat2014 or by creating and re-twitting messages that include the mentioned hashtag. The website of the project intheairtonight.org also shows the interactions through a dynamic background that mimics the animations of the facade.

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Orchestrating the depth of light at the Roßmarkt

Ben Stricker - Orchestrating The Depth Of LightOrchestrating the depth of light is an installation that uses LED i.e. light emitting diodes to create an interactive experience in the city. Placed at the Roßmarkt in Frankfurt’s downtown, the installation integrates interactive technologies and architecture in a historical and commercial context.

The name of the installation explains its interactive concept. If a person triggers a camera flash in front of the installation, the LED lights will start to blink across the structure. The blinking starts close to the point where the flash was triggered and wander slowly away. This set-up mimics the natural reflexions of the light, i.e. orchestrates the depth of light.

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Restaurant day

Created in 2011 by Timo Santala, Olli Sirén and Antti Tuomola the Restaurant day encourages common people to open their own restaurants, cafés and bars for a single day. The initial restaurant day was the result of the founders’ frustration with bureaucratic hurdles and regulations that made impossible to create pop-up eateries in Finland. They discovered, however, that the Finnish laws allowed to open a restaurant without permits if was only for a single day. Then they came with the idea of promoting a bit of civil disobedience by organizing the restaurant day, an event that turns the city into a carnival that promotes and celebrates food culture, only for a day.

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dotvot.es – Everyday feelings visualized

Dotvot.es - Northeastern Center for the Arts
dotvot.es is an interactive installation placed on the facade of the Northeastern University’s Ryder Hall. Dotvot.es was opened on the 24th of April and is working on the evening hours. The installation comprises two large LED matrices mounted on a corner window of the building. The matrices are placed perpendicular to each other, creating a 3 dimensional effect that resembles a cube matrix.

To control the dotvot.es installation the students developed an online application that collects, aggregates and delivers data generated by the users. The online application asks the visitors about their current feelings showing them the following options: anxious, relieved, determined, exited, or exhausted. The votes gathered are processed and then displayed in the media facade.

With dotvot.es the creators want to show how interactive media architecture contributes to the everyday life in a meaningful way, by visualizing the mood of the people inside and outside of the university campus.

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Civil Debate Wall – A place for debate

Civil Debate Wall
The Civil Debate Wall allows students, teachers and citizens to share their positions regarding a broad range of national issues such as income distribution, civil rights, and environmental policies, among others. The debates are made possible by a system that by mixes large touch screens with a website and a texting service to connect the opinions and create constructive dialogues across different platforms. The elements of the system are synchronized to deliver a single experience to all the participants and enable the following of a particular discussion.

The Wall is installed at University of Florida’s Pugh Hall. It comprises 5 large touch screens that show the current question, an answer to this question an a picture of the answer’s author. The users can engage by touching the screen and creating an answer to the main question or by giving a reply to another user’s answer. After posting their comment, they can decide whether they want to follow the conversation through text messages.

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596 Acres


In New York City there are more than five hundreds acres of publicly owned vacant land that are not being used and remain closed behind fences and chains. This land is concentrated in neighborhoods that are in need for beneficial land uses such as community gardens. 596 Acres is a project that facilitates access to New York city’s publicly owned land through the use of open source tools and hands-on mentorships. In this way, 596 acres help the communities to access unused lots, transform them temporarily, and so, improve the quality of life in the area where they live in.

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