[NetBehaviour] Urban Eyes at HTTP Gallery
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu May 25 18:46:27 CEST 2006
HTTP [House of Technologically Termed Praxis] presents
by Marcus Kirsch and Jussi Angesleva
Private View: 1st June 2006 7-9pm
Exhibition: 1st June - 9th July 2006
Friday- Sunday: 12noon-5pm
HTTP Gallery is pleased to present Urban Eyes, an intermedia project by
Marcus Kirsch and Jussi Angesleva. Urban Eyes uses wireless technology,
birdseeds and city pigeons to reconnect urban dwellers with their
The Urban Eyes feeding-platform stands in one of London's public spaces.
By landing on the platform, pigeons tagged with RFID chips send aerial
photographs of their locality to surrounding Bluetooth-enabled devices.
In this work pigeons become maverick messengers in the information
super-highway, fusing feral and digital networks. HTTP Gallery provides
an interface to the project, mixing live and documentary footage and
offering visitors an opportunity to experiment with Bluetooth.
Being one of the last remaining signs of nature in a metropolis such as
London, the urban pigeon population represents a network of
ever-changing patterns more complex than anything ever produced by a
machine. However pigeons' movements are based on a one-mile radius
around their nest. Any pigeon you see everyday shares the same turf as
you. Urban Eyes crosses and expands human mobility patterns offering to
reconnect you with your neighbourhood.
In the 1960s, situationists Debord and Jorn composed psycho-geographic
diagrams of Paris, which described navigational systems based on their
drift through the city. For this, they used Blondel la Rougery's Plan de
Paris a vol d'oiseau, a birds-eye map of Paris. Inspired by this
methodology, Urban Eyes enlists our feathered neighbours to establish a
connection between this view of the city as now distributed by Google
Earth and our terrestrial experience.
For more information:
This project is supported by Arts Council England (London), V2 lab
(Rotterdam, Netherlands) and Furtherfield.org. Supported by Awards for All.
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