July 17, 2011
Urban Echo

Urban Echo (to my knowledge nothing to do with Urban Echo) by LUSTlab is a work for urban environments which uses common place European publicity boards as windows to vistas of other urban environments. Urban inhabitants see in real time inhabitants from other urban spaces which may be in other cities, countries or even continents.

Urban Echo brings some of (the physicality of our interaction) back to real locations, connecting public places and therefore people, cities and cultures. It extends space beyond our once concrete parameters. Webcams allow you to see into another space, mirrors allow you to see your own space. Using billboard screens and cameras, Urban Echo creates a hybrid of these two things, allowing not only see into another city but maybe see yourself transported into another city or culture. A mid point between transparency and reflection, introspection and extrospection. Placed in public areas, the screens have a variety of modes. Sometimes they create a recursive loop allowing interaction between people in multiple cities and sometimes they are just a window to another place, that might intrigue a passer by. They can connect regardless of distance, folding locations together and rearranging our perspective of public space.

    Posted by: Garrett @ 1:23 pm

    3 Comments / Pings about “Urban Echo”

    1. alvaro Says:
      September 20th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      has it been deployed for real? or is a concept video?
      I have tried this in 2008 (project pre-selected for ars electronica 80+1 event), and I am now preparing for a real demo (but video stream is relatively slow…):

      Comment by alvaro — September 20, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    2. Network Research » The Tunnel under the Atlantic Says:
      March 4th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      [...] for connecting two or more places separated in time and / or space, e.g. Hole in Space and Urban Echo. These have stuck in my head, not because of how conceptually sophisticated they are but because of [...]

      Pingback by Network Research » The Tunnel under the Atlantic — March 4, 2012 @ 10:53 pm

    3. Network Research » Ouroboros Says:
      March 11th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      [...] (until I find other works) is Ouroboros by Alvaro Cassinelli which was posted as a comment on the Urban Echo post. Ouroboros is: a shared virtual space, a world-scale tunnel built by chaining [...]

      Pingback by Network Research » Ouroboros — March 11, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

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