Stadtbilding

Stadtbilding

> Stadt = City, Bild = Image

Experiment

Complete strangers build a city in three weeks without resorting to hierarchical authority, building codes, or zoning regulations.

Apparatus

An urban situation was constructed using one thousand three hundred and eighty six paper pixels, thirty two fluorescent tubes, two computers and one scanner. 'Stadt', the physical city, resided in two 'pixel walls' of paper and light. 'Bild', the planned city, evolved in two four hundred and fifty megabyte photoshop files.

Procedure

Visitors were asked to build the city by:

  • bringing 'bilding' material - scanning and storing pictures or objects for later use.
  • OR by assembling the virtual city - constructing 'Bild' using the stored images.
  • OR by building the physical city - hanging the freshly plotted pixels in 'Stadt'.

Observations

Visitors acted independently according to their own personal criteria. The resulting city was a diverse and complex reflection of multiple viewpoints. The activity engaged visitors so thoroughly that they independently organised social events surrounding the construction. Conclusion

After three weeks the city was subdivided and sold by auction to the highest bidder.

Stadtbilding was realised in URBAN issue in September 1998

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