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This video was kindly made by one of the participants in the Bike In Film Screening, and shows the mass Moonlit Bike Ride from Static Gallery down to the opening night of SCAN, 15 September 2008.

The screening, “The Living City” was curated by Jacqueline Passmore and included a programme of short experimental films about the city and urban navigation, including works by Ken Paul Rosenthal, Neil Grant, Rebecca Lennon, Semiconductor, and Masaki Hosokawa.

Here is a short video clip (a little dark) from last nights opening of SCAN which is part of AUDIOVISION – this weeks great sound and visual festival in Liverpool, curated by Hannah Peel.  Me, Jeff and Jackie are all very happy with the piece and believe it adds a striking addition to the cityscape and architecture of the city.

More video to come..

 

A little less than 2 weeks until the installation and we are back with some blog activity. Previsualizing an installation and projection on this scale has been a huge challenge for all of us. We created a “mock-up” in Isadora, a software and programming environment for live video. We have used it to simulate ideas and visual concepts within the software, which will be part of our live manipulation. Here is a first look at how we envision our material (preshot urban footage, archival, pedestrian, architectural) to conceptually and visually project.

Last week I spent time in Liverpool working with Jacqueline and Hannah Peel, who is the curator of AudioVision. Much time was spent visiting the Air Vent site, filming inside the building and recording sound. I also spent time shooting areas of transit in the city – capturing a similar sense of urban activity and movement as previously shot material from New York. Since ideas of alternative city screens and urban visual architecture are part of our thinking for this project, it was interesting for me to look around for other natural city projection surfaces. 

Further Glenn Small- check out this article: Trees cut crime rates. I found this when searching for a study I read several years ago which drew correlations between increasing the percentage of greenspace and lowering crime rates in New York City housing projects.

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Boston will plant 100,000 trees during the next 13 years, with the bulk of the plantings to take root in the city’s least green neighborhoods, Mayor Thomas M. Menino will announce today.

By expanding the urban forest by some 20 percent to cover more than one – third of the city, leaders hope to reap a range of benefits, including cooler temperatures in summer, absorption of carbon dioxide and storm water runoff, and increased psychological well-being among residents.

As part of the initiative, the mayor will also announce a new partnership with the US Forest Service that designates Boston as an urban experimental forest — one of three such sites in the country — where scientists and arborists will conduct research to document the effects of trees on people and the environment.

“There’s no downside to having more trees,” Menino said in an interview. “They bring people together and give people pride in their neighborhood.”

The push to increase the tree cover in the city reflects growing national awareness of the value of urban trees, after decades when their potential to help cities address environmental problems was little considered. The project began with a comprehensive inventory of the trees in Boston, conducted by the city and private organizations over three years and completed last fall. Among the inventory’s findings: The tree canopy covers 29 percent of Boston, more than several other major East Coast cities.”

Biomorphic Biosphere Megastructure: 1965-1977 Developed over a span of ten years, Glen Small’s biggest, most ambitious, and most recognized vision evolved from his Vertical City design. Small describes the BBM as “a perfect city designed to solve the ecological problems of the world in a beautiful, gorgeous manner,an “alternative to the existing mediocrity”.

Some wild designs, centering on the city as an environmentally friendly utopia…

More on Glenn Small in an interview here

Some beautiful illustrations with fantastical and adventurous urban environments…

http://www.glovackij.narod.ru

This is a public video installation from River to River Festival New York where me and Jeff used the anonymous activity of pedestrian activity to process a live feed. This is very much about MOVEMENT, exploring the random and predictable passage of pedestrians and the residue of movement.

In efforts to make our working process more transparent- and as well, to carve out a centralized platform for exchange for ourselves in re: our upcoming collaborative installation, here’s a mesh of ideas that Peter and I discussed during last week’s site visits to Liverpool:

Liverpool Queen’s Dock Mersey air vent tower as lung. building as breathing. Eisenstien. forgotten ports. Liverpool as transmitter, New York as receiver. Manhatta. iron ships, their weight on the sea, 8 week journeys and the weight of consequence, the Weight by the Band. Britain: physical labour before New Labour. cultural anchors. Koolhas and the Harvard City Project- guerilla city planning. Liverpool once vs Liverpool One. Rodney Graham’s Judd-like box sculptures crammed with copies of Ivanhoe: life finds a way. city screens which aren’t selling anything. the Crosby deposit. the Paradise project. recollection of a lost cinema in Caribbean L8 called the Rialto. children building sandcastles from Blitz-smashed bricks. Rerouting public transport to construction sites to program future shopping- “That’s fine love, but how do I get to Lewis’s from here?” Blues music arriving on ships. Primark, bread and circus. Scouse girls as my patron saints. Blitz bricks worn down to rounded pebbles by the Irish Sea. new construction exposing Victorian foundations. Liverpool One, 250-year leaseholds on commercial land. Classism and land ownership.  linking city centre to docks via Yves Saint Laurent. Sami genes on separate continents. Immigration/Emigration/Migrants/Migration patterns. Toxteth Race Riots redressed as Toxteth Class Riots. directing traffic patterns/directing traffic/directing patterns. the art of the spectacle. Ray Bradbury. Stop-and-Search laws, civil liberties, civil Libertarians. The New World, the Old World, Jonathan Richman. Thatcherism, Irish famine. Liverpool: War collapsing churches, economy collapsing cinemas. NYC: War collapsing economy, cinemas collapsing churches.