Digital stalking

Michael Wolf’s ongoing experimentation with urban drifts conducted through Google StreetView has now made it into book form. A Series of Unfortunate Events, published by Peperoni Books, appears like a series of cinematic stills (‘very bizarre, intimate and terrifying moments, which Google catapults into the internet’), clips from a dark road movie. Obviously, creating SV means sucking down data continuously and then chopping it up, meaning that it is, essentially, one giant film created by numerous second units all around the world, each doing take after take after take (see Google Street View Timelapse: The Raw Data to see what the rushes look like).

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Wolf’s locations include Paris and Manhattan, both richly filmic. His ‘drifts’ around the city are a contemporary version of the Situationist derive, only with imagery rather than text or cartographic fragments as the end results. Street View makes flaneurs of us all. The service has inspired movies (including these timelapses of the Golden Gate Bridge and Legoland) and artist’s projects (Jon Rafman’s Google Street Views and 9eyes), as well as privacy concerns, but no real inkling of how it might shape our understanding of cities and how we move from one place to another and what we see along the way.

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Minecraft sounds absolutely wonderful, according to this recent post at Wonderland and this epic travelogue at RPS. While we don’t have nearly a fraction of the spare time needed to do anything in this brave new blocky world, we’re fascinated by the combination of deliberate abstraction (blocky, Ant Attack-esque landscape) with an entirely open and ever-changing world.

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A trio of architectural stories collated by Space Invading: Sou Fujimoto’s Tokyo Apartment, a stack of dwellings (previously) that is simultaneously very contemporary in spirit but also utterly traditional in its conception of domestic space / Slow up-rising by Ja Studio, what one might call ‘Half Life architecture’ / a photo essay on the Palast der Republik at Archinect / below, three views of AFGH’s Zurich apartment building.

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Visit Bekonscot Virtual Village, create your own little corner of England / Lapham’s Quarterly, a journal / Shane Crawford’s visual journal / The Garden Centre Plinth: a modest proposal for the dismantling of art and architecture, a Swiftian look at dead urbanism and abandoned objects / Swiss Cheese and Bullets, in archive form: stunning. Something to be said for the deliberate use of b+w.

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We were hoping someone had done this: London Cycle Hire Timelapse. As Digital Urban notes, there is actually a brilliant London Cycle Hire Dock Status Map / YellowBird, a forthcoming service promising interactive 360 degree video (a technology used elsewhere, like in this CNN movie of Haiti).

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Golden Age, an arts weblog / Feign, a browser game that plays with your spatial perception / a list of historical falsehoods / advice to sink in slowly’s photostream, covering illustration and more / get your 3D models at Turbo Squid / Bourbon Baby’s Photostream. Especially this image: Eastwood Home Demolition.

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