On the intersection of technology, culture, and everyday life: My semi-updated space to collect and link my thoughts about interesting things I spot.
A year ago, while walking down a Soho side street I noticed a baby (well, a figure shaped like a baby) peering at me through iron bars. I marveled for a second, snapped a photo, and continued on my way. Perhaps others rushing on their way to work, shop, or meet friends have also spotted these "abandoned" children constructed of tape. Do they stop? Do they touch? Do they pick the child up? In creating this unexpected street art, Mark Jenkins taps into these varied social reactions.
Projects at the intersection of the physical and virtual worlds is a topic I am fascinated with and (irregularly) write about. Ways to mix the unique qualities of digital spaces (ability to aggregate immense data, bridge time and distance, create imagined environments, etc) with the social fabric of the physical world is an exciting place at play. Many of the most prolific experiments are happening in music and art. This past weekend a festival called Conflux in Brooklyn showcased projects similar to Jenkin’s Storker Project, some with a heavier bent on on technology.
Across the board the projects (Under An Umbrella, Subtrak,DropSpots, etc) used physical and digital objects to make an idea and/or social interaction previously absent in a location, suddenly present. Time-constrained, I wasn’t able to fully observe first hand which projects sparked people’s response versus which remained tape babies that people just walked right by.