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Urban Feedback London Tokyo, Tokyo Nomad by Giles Rollestone with Kathryn Best
'The city as we imagine, the soft city of illusion, myth, aspiration, nightmare is as real maybe worse than the real city we can locate on maps, statistics, monographs on urban sociology, demography and architecture.'
Urban Feedback London Tokyo, Tokyo Nomad
'Urban Feedback London Tokyo, Tokyo Nomad' forms part of a continuing series of city based projects that reflect the fractured experience of the urban environment. Previous projects include the multi-award winning 'Urban Feedback' CD-ROM released on Neville Brody's Laboratory label in 1996.
'Tokyo Nomad' is a reactive environment which, over time, reveals ambient views and impressions of Tokyo; the city you inhabit, or Tokyo the city you dream of visiting.
'London Tokyo' is inspired by the chaotic energy of London and Tokyo. Fragments of media ranging from street sounds to texts and films are fused together forming a dynamic reactive collage.
Funded by Digitalogue, the Tokyo based new media publishing label, and exhibited internationally, the project has already received three international awards. Urban Feedback London Tokyo, Tokyo Nomad forms part of a continuing series of city-based projects that reflect the fractured experience of the urban environment.
The city as metaphor and inspiration
We are at once drawn together and mutually divided by our subjective awareness of the same physical architecture. The softer architecture of perception is not as readily definable. It exists in the hyper-reality of the mind, a fiction built of eidetic flashes and fragmentary memories.
In developing the interface for the CD, the aim was to stay close to this perception of urban space. The limitations of the concrete need not apply in digital space. The work is an attempt to identify and develop a more sensitive language based on the subjective imaging of the visual landscapes we carry within us.
'Urban Feedback London Tokyo, Tokyo Nomad' is comprised of sampled and abstracted visual and aural elements which reflect this spatial and temporal mapping process. These are woven into the structure of the interface as visual cues which are scattered throughout the virtual environments within the project.
The work functions much as a scrapbook of random quotes, found sounds and glimpses of nostalgia which are 'authored' by the user as they interact with the work, much as an individual may wander through an actual street and derive significance from what others may not notice. The casual juxtaposition of word and image within an urban space can sometimes have tremendous poignancy for one individual where another passerby may be seduced by a different visual or aural incident within the same street.
The juxtaposition of image, sound and text acts as a filter that manipulates the user/audience response. This leads to the possibility of 'open' meaning which provokes the user/audience actively to consider and experience multiple interpretations of the piece's meaning, creating associated, subjective narratives of their own.
© 2005 | Giles Rollestone