Invisible City

the Newtek Toaster was an analog/digital fx unit that
was widely used 15 years ago. it's possible to recreate
the fx in digital with some degree of accuracy. that's
what's going on here. I write with a 'slight fever'
brought on by who knows what. the result is Invisible
City which reverts the real back into the layering of
Second Life. the city dissolves, or rather the always
already dissolved city is reeled back into the apparent.
I insist this is the truth of the city, that everything
else is fiction. my insistence is performative.


In The Legible City the visitor is able to ride a stationary bicycle through a simulated representation of a city that is constituted by computer-generated three-dimensional letters that form words and sentences along the sides of the streets. Using the ground plans of Manhattan; the existing architecture of these cities is completely replaced by textual formations written and compiled by Dirk Groeneveld. Travelling through a city of words is consequently a journey of reading; choosing the path one takes is a choice of texts as well as their spontaneous juxtapositions and conjunctions of meaning.

Project Created: 
May 2004

Sound and The City

Students from the 2005-06 New Media Collaborative (NMC) Program explored their everyday environments and collected sounds that define the borders and cracks of our personal and collective experiences. By asking the questions, "What is sound? What is a city? What does your New York sound like?" Students from the Bayard Rustin Educational Complex led by teaching artist Daniel Perlin, created unique audio self-portraits and mapped shared experiences. They learned to make digital recordings and pieces detailing their impressions and perceptions of The City, as well how to put these recordings online. Along the way, they acquired skills for recording sound for film, radio and public broadcast, as well as digital editing and mixing.


Project Created: 
April 2006
People: Daniel Perlin
Research: Education Lab
Project Type: Documentary, Sound
Tags: mapping, city, audio
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