StudioIMC at Google

The City of the Future is about future cities and the emergence of the Outernet. Originally created by James Tunick, Carrie Elston, and Josh Schiller for an exhibition at Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria, this digital art work and iteractive screen installation has been expanded for an exhibition at Google. The work imagines the Outernet as an urban communication medium that uses digital art and interactive media in public spaces to invite community participation. The work is powered by software developed at StudioIMC.

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Detailed Information:

StudioIMC- TUNICK/ELSTON/SCHILLER, The City of the Future, 2009-2010

2 videos & interactive media, monitors: 21”x37”, 18”x32”, & 13”x23”

ABOUT THE WORK
The City of the Future is about future cities and the emergence of the Outernet.  Originally created for an exhibition at Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria, the work has been expanded for this exhibition.  It imagines the Outernet as an urban communication medium that uses digital art and interactive media in public spaces to invite community participation. The work is powered by software developed at StudioIMC. The City of the Future envisions urban spaces filled with art and technology that inspire creativity, offer open access to information, and foster a sense of community. The work explores concepts like: big screens and media architecture as community bulletins where people can discuss local issues; mobile phones as digital paintbrushes and building facades as open canvases; social games as new collective experiences; and light sculptures connected to the smart grid as data displays showing local energy consumption, pollution, and recycling habits. The City of the Future sees future cities as immersive information spaces where people can navigate a galaxy of information, friends, videos, and music that exist within our clothing, our phones, and in public spaces.

The City of the Future is comprised of two video screens and an interactive screen. One video describes the work with imagery by StudioIMC artists and narration by James Tunick. The 2nd video shows Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google, and Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC speaking on a panel at Google about the smart grid and networked technologies that will shape energy and communication in future cities. The interactive screen depicts future cities as vast data spaces with 1000s of user generated Flickr images, YouTube videos, and Twitter posts pulled live from the Web. Using IMCmobile, a mobile social platform, viewers can connect to the screen from their phone and respond to the question: “What do you want to see in the cities of the future?” Using IMCtv, a software platform for big screens, viewers can wave their hands to make music and fly through a 3D city of YouTube videos. The city of YouTube videos is generated by a 3D visualization platform and visual search engine called IMCspace.


Exhibition Information:

Digital Art @Google: We Write This To You From The Distant Future

Mark Amerika, Rachel Armstrong, Marc Barasch, Ed Bilous, etoy, Mitchell Joachim, Eduardo Kac, StudioIMC-Tunick/Elston/Schiller, Jack Toolin/C5, Marina Zurkow, Google UK, Clean Energy 2030, Andrew Senior, Cordero/Senior/Weston.

Opening Reception: Friday August 20, 2010 | 6-8pm GUESTS MUST RSVP RSVP@chelseaartmuseum.org

Exhibition Dates: August 20 to October 22, 2010

Exhibition and artist talks at: Google Inc. // 75 Ninth Avenue // NYC