In Side Walk, New York City’s ground plane was recorded by taking a walk through the city with a wide-angle video camera draped over one shoulder. Upon viewing, color, texture, and materials mark the districts of the city and guide the viewer clearly through the city’s ground plane. Side Walk was part of an international traveling exhibit titled Architecture Media Player. It traveled to India, Europe, and the United States. It was published in Architecture and the City and Dimensions, the journal of the University of Michigan.
Side Walk is a recording of New York City’s ground plane done by taking a walk through the city with a wide-angle video camera draped over one shoulder, casually on the side of ones body, not unlike the way one carries a shoulder bag. Forgetting about the instrument that was being carried around, it then also on its side and pointing downwards, a three-hour side walk took place. Upon viewing the richness of surface in what we usually think of banal plane was discovered. The color, the texture, the materials, the changes that are constantly taking place on the ground plane beneath us as we walk revealed the passing through districts and the everyday activities of the city as if subtle cues and guidance on the city’s ground plane. This investigation exploits the video camera as a tool capable of becoming an objective observant accessory and an extension of our body, facilitating an unusual viewpoint through which to see and thus allowing unexpected discoveries to occur. Through Side Walk, the complexity of our city is rediscovered through the familiar, the banal something, the no longer perceived.
2001 – 2004 exhibited at Architecture Media Player – Asia, America, Europe in an international traveling exhibit.