Precedents

These projects bring the digital space into the physical space. Maps intrudes the physical space with this very “life-size” marker but the Media Surfaces explores how seamlessly our virtual world can be placed into the physical.

Aram Bartholl, Maps, Public Installation 2006-2011

“The design of the virtual map pin seems to be derived from a physical map needle. On one hand the marker and information speech bubble next to it cast a shadow on the digital map as if they were physical objects. When the map is switched to satellite mode it seems that they become part of the city. On the other hand it is a simple 20 px graphic icon which stays always at the same size on the computer screen. The size of the life size red marker in physical space corresponds to the size of a marker in the web interface in maximal zoom factor of the map. Where is the center of a city?”

Media Surfaces, Incidental Media, London (UK, founded 2010) and BERG (UK, founded 2005)

A suite of projects. “All surfaces have access to connectivity. All surfaces are displays responsive to people, context, and timing. If any surface could show anything, would the loudest or the most polite win? Surfaces which show the smartest most relevant material in any given context will be the most warmly received.”

https://vimeo.com/16423199

Print can be quick: This sequence shows a common receipt from a coffee shop and explores what happens when we treat print as a highly flexible, context-sensitive, connected surface, and super quick by contrast to say video in broadcast.

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