While sidewalks create the potential for local interaction, few use them due to sprawl. As a result, the city’s collective memories are fragmented and discontinuous, or forgotten. This new circuit allows for local exchanges to reside, to leave residual traces for others to observe. If people cannot genuinely pass by each other, the next possible means would be for their presences to interact and remain for others to observe and take part in that experience.
This intervention of reclamation is a hack upon the city grid, burning new circuitry specifically for individuals to circumvent ‘the grid’ and flow over it at a pedestrian time scale instead of the compressed scales of speed and efficiency. This new circuitry provides the captured catalogues of visitors’ experiences, a free zone of both immediate and residual interactions, within an area that previously provided no such means.
As a conceptual exercise, this project was important for me in the discovery of ‘lost time’ and the artifacts of life and community that evaporate during times of stress, re-focus and change. From this idea of social documentation within an architectural space came a research trajectory of examining the potential of computer vision as way to absorb these public interactions and projection mapping and responsive surfaces as a means re-present this social data within local or remote spaces.